Radio music hasn’t died. Digital distribution has definitely limited listeners from hearing music that they don’t like. On the other hand, they don’t get the opportunity to listen to music they would love, either. That’s why radio is still a popular source for music, even in today’s modern age. People enjoy treading into murky waters, not knowing what song is going to play next. Sometimes, the station just loops through the same forty tunes.
But on occasion, a completely new song turns up and catches the listener’s attention.
I was driving home one night, and I was scanning through the usual radio stations. The boring, overplayed songs kept creeping into the airwaves, and I was seriously considering jamming my iPod into the input slot. However, the radio static suddenly dropped into absolute silence, and a simple guitar riff resounded through my car. Interested, I turned up the volume and listened.
“Tell the one above he’s a criminal,” a tenor slowly crooned. “For taking and giving life like marble candy.”
I was immediately hooked. The rest of the song casually passed through me like a nostalgic memory. I was entranced by the dreamy lyrics, the building instrumentals, and the somber-but-satisfying mood. Once the final chord blended into the radio station’s next advertisement, I felt as though I had just lost my best friend. I needed to find him again.
Ultimately, I tracked down the song. “All Who Remain” by alt-rock outfit Beware of Darkness quickly became one of my favorite tracks
Now, that song can be found on my iPod. I listen to it quite often, but never when I’m driving the car. Sure, I have the option to plug in the device and rock out to my own hand-picked playlist. However, I still have a great FM/AM radio installed, too. So, I leave the touchscreen alone and instead tune into my favorite station. I want to be surprised. I want to hear something that I don’t have on my iPod. With a chance, I want to hear something that I’ve never heard before.
Radio music isn’t dead. Neither is good music.