Back when I was talking about Christmas music, I mentioned the story of how I lived without a car radio for six months. I didn't live without music, but my listening joy was confined to songs I owned in a digital format, so I spent half a year not being exposed to new music. Though if I'm being honest, I wasn't hearing new music on the classic rock station that I mostly favored before the death of my car radio. I like music by dead people. I did sometimes listen to country radio, but there's a lot of junk out there in country music these days. Just sayin'.
When the death of the Focus (sigh) brought a working radio and a car payment to my life a year ago, I was excited about the prospect of radio. That lasted for a minute. I'd been out of the loop too long, and I was too used to a life of hearing only the music I liked. I don't remember the specific incident that compelled me to give up mainstream radio entirely, but one day in a fit of dissatisfied station-flipping, I stumbled upon Christian radio, specifically K-LOVE.
I had always been that person that judged Christian music, mostly without listening to any of it. I figured if those folks had any real talent, they'd be doing real music. I also thought that people that listened to Christian music were probably homeschooling their kids and not watching anything that wasn't G-rated. I was a jerk. I get that. But I'm not really the self-censoring type. I typically suppose that if my faith or value system can't withstand a few cuss words or drinking or, for lack of a better descriptor, wrong living, then it's not much of a faith. So there was no reason for me not to listen or watch or read whatever I wanted, and I guess my logic was that I didn't need Christian music or movies or fiction.
What I discovered is that I like Christian music. And apparently any new song I've learned at church and liked in the past seven years came straight from the K-LOVE playlist. Well, not straight I guess. Someone had to come along and arrange an acappella version, but close enough. Another amazing discovery: listening to "positive, encouraging" Christian radio sometimes actually makes me a better person with a better attitude. Seriously. It's not constant and foolproof, but I did notice a difference, especially at first.
I'm not all Christian radio all the time. The deejays are sometimes enough to send me away. I can barely tolerate talking on the radio at all, and there's a lot of talk on K-LOVE and sometimes they're just too positive and encouraging [Can I admit that without getting on the fast track to hell?], so I occasionally flip back to a few other stations, but since working radio also means working cd player and since Al has a six-disk changer (a big step up in the world for me, automotively speaking), when I get tired of talking, I typically switch to cds, which these days means Glee soundtracks in a continuous loop.
Wanna hear more about music I love? Maybe I'll blog about my Glee-love one day soon.