The downside of Pandora Radio……

First, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pandora Radio. Last October, I took an assignment from LL Bean which morphed into a second assignment that ends today. As much as I love the environment and the people at Bean, I’m ready for it to be over until, maybe, next fall. One thing I enjoyed the most (along with NPR on the ride home at 11 PM….New Yorker Magazine, Ted Talks, Moth Radio Hour) was that I could listen to Pandora the whole time I was working.

So, what downside could there be to listening to Pandora? My assignments at Bean only required me to think at a level hardly beyond idle speed so I had a lot of available RAM in my head. Let’s face it, if you live long enough, there is music that defines points in your life. It connects you forever with certain people. It inspires you to activity and change. It becomes part of your personal DNA.

One song that is part of my DNA, that moves me every time I hear it (actually heard it on a trip to the Limerick Market yesterday) is Bob Seger’s Against The Wind. While it is not necessarily auto biographical, a couple of lines hit me right between the eyes ever time I hear them and that whack grows stronger each time. “Seems like yesterday, but it was long ago………”. I relate to that line in many ways but the most powerful connection is with one specific person and that connection to a different time will never change. Later in the song, the line, “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then…….” is not specific to any person but rather a reminder of times when you had a full account of “next years”. Far fewer cares and worries. Totally oblivious to the reality that, at some point, you run out of next years.

My intention in creating what will have to be multiple posts that relate to songs is to question what will be the legacy of my generation, the Baby Boomer Generation. Some songs absolutely require their own post and one, in particular, that I heard the other night at work had tears running down my face, as it always does, in three notes.

If you read this string of posts you’ll at least get to hear a great song. Today, as a follow up to my last post regarding racism, a bonus song from one of my all time favorites, Sam Cooke.

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