Wanted to find a topic tonigiht, so I went to Plinky and read a lot of prompts. I’ve never really done that before, but I see now that you can get a lot of ideas from it. There were some where just the thought of writing about it made me smile — it could have been a little ……. outrageous.
This music topic, though, is easy to answer: Country & Western.
Before I moved to Canada, I listened to all kinds of pop and rock. Radio Sweden is state owned, but there are also oodles of commercial channels — even more so now, than it was back in 2004. In spite of that, I only listened to one, state owned channel. I turned it on when I got up in the morning, and if it was a weekend, it stayed on more or less all the time. They played popular music mixed with news every half hour. That way I got fed with world news and music all the time … sometimes it was subconsciously — I didn’t pay full attention to it all the time, but somehow I remembered the names, even sports!
Then I moved to Quebec, and I wanted the radio on while I was doing stuff in the kitchen. They, too, had lots of commercial channels, but they were all in French, the music too. There was one, English-speaking, channel … CBC Radio One, and they had something called The Quebec Community Network. It was really good, they had all kinds of interesting programmes, especially on Saturdays, but very little music.
One time, when we were travelling to Bar Harbor, ME … while Gerry was in a motel office, negotiating the price of a room, I turned on the car radio. It was a C&W station. I thought that was so extremely cool!!! A whole radio station for a certain genre of music! “My” radio back home, played music from all over the world, but mainly (95%) English language.
Soooo … when we moved here, to Saint John, NB, I turned on the radio … it just so happened that the first station I found was Country94.ca or CHSJ. Country music all the time and excellent local news. It’s the best source of local news I’ve found so far. I like it and I just never changed channel! They have a Facebook page [of course], which they update with news and that’s great. The newspaper here doesn’t say much about Saint John.
We don’t get Spotify here in Canada so whatever other music I listen to, I go to YouTube. I have lost the grip of what’s going on in the rest of the music world, but I don’t mind C&W. I think I have it in my veins since I was a kid … my brother, who is ten years older than I, was a huge fan of Johnny Cash so he is one of my first music memories. My brother always gave me a record for Christmas and birthday, when I was little, and those could be with artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Burl Ives or Don Partridge … those are three names that come to mind, right off the bat.
My favourite group right now is Zac Brown Band.