10th February 2017: Day 22 - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Kerrang!

I’m very much a creature of habit. My television for instance is always on ITV, not because I necessarily watch all the programmes but because…

I actually don’t know why.

I watch things on other channels but always turn the TV back to ITV before I switch it off, so I guess I could call it my default.  I sometimes listen to the radio in the house but because it’s in my bedroom, not for very long, just as I get ready in the morning and only if I’m going out.  Then it tends to be either LBC or whichever station is on in my car, usually because I’ve got home in the middle of something I want to finish listening to. Then I can’t be bothered to change stations unless I specifically want to listen to LBC.

The radio in my car has been responsible for me experiencing different stations because I never know which one I’ll get if I press the pre-set.  This means when I get a good station I stick with it until someone, like the person who parks my car at the airport decides to change it. No matter how many times I ask them not to change the station for the 10-15 minutes it takes them to put my car in their car park, I return from my travels and it’s on a different station. This stuck station syndrome only started a few years ago, and I’ve had Capital Radio, Classic FM, Radio 3 and Radio 4. The last time the station changed it was to Kiss FM which seemed to hurt my ears so I pressed the pre-set and voila! I now have Heart Radio.

Indoors today, I decided to listen to a radio station I had never heard of (pre-digital radio), let alone tuned into. I had seen it sometimes as I scrolled through my digital radio and was intrigued by the station’s name so I decided to spend the early evening listening to Kerrang. I then learned it was a rock station.  Now I’m not averse to rock music but I’m not a fan. I was sure there must be some rock songs I like but I couldn’t name them so I googled popular rock music and got a list of the top 100 Classic Rock songs. Of the top 10 I knew no7 - Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (which I really love) and had heard of, but don’t know no 9– Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.  So in the spirit of EDF5D I pressed select and sat back to do some work as it played in the background.

I didn’t last more than 15 minutes.

It was like sitting here listening to The Sun and The Star newspapers at the same time. The first track was “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen, then some song by Nickleback, those were bad enough, but “Pain, Joy and Ecstasy” by Shvpes pushed me over the edge.  “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” hurt my ears, Nickleback’s song (I didn’t hear the title), hurt my head but “Pain, Joy and Ecstasy” just hurt my heart. I turned off the radio and my skin continued to tingle for several minutes after and not in a good way.

Maybe I should have known what I was getting myself into.  Was a radio station with a name like Kerrang going to do anything good for me? And would I not have heard of it before if I it was something I would like?

Perhaps the lesson here is that it’s good to try new things, but if something sounds a bit strange do a bit of homework first, not to stop me from doing it, just so I know what I’m getting into. But maybe not, because I don’t think knowing it was a rock station would have stopped me from trying it. So the real lesson is a non-lesson, it just confirmed what I already knew – I have no inner rock chick and honestly, it doesn’t bother me.

I wonder if I asked God nicely, he would give me those 15 minutes back?

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