What I miss from America… the music

One thing I miss the most about America is the fabulous music. I understand completely that it is a cultural thing. The Germans simply aren’t into blues/jazz/rock/country music the same way the Americans are… this music came up and out of the “bottom” of America, thus it is deeply steeped into our souls.

The radio stations here play the popular music for Europe. We won’t go into it, but let’s just say that there are some songs which really grate on my nerves, yet they are much-loved anthems here in Germany. You guessed it, they get almost constant radio play here… dammit.

Today I got a hankerin’ (yeah, how many people can pull that off) for classic rock and roll. I’m not thinking Chuck Berry here… but the stuff that was popular on rock stations in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

?Have I ever said how much I LOVE the Internet? Yes ladies and gentlemen, INTERNET RADIO SAVED MY SANITY TODAY. Take a look at a partial list of music I’ve heard in the last few hours.

Rush, “Tom Sawyer”
Van Halen, “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
The Rolling Stones, “Honky Tonk Woman”
Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”
Blind Faith, “Can’t Find My Way Back Home”
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”
Doobie Brothers, “China Grove”
ZZ Top, “Pearl Necklace”
Gary Wright, “Dream Weaver”
The Eagles, “Already Gone”
Supertramp, “Goodbye Stranger”

Speaking of sucky radio. Several of my Clear Channel Radio buddies lost their jobs today. It’s all about money, honey. Their radio shows will be filled in by someone who is not local, who pipes this to about 200 stations, and who is certainly not paid enough. More info about the nationwide firings here.

I leave you with a link which explains why the music industry in America sucks right now. Unfortunately it doesn’t tell us how to fix it.

3 thoughts on “What I miss from America… the music

  1. Funny, just last week I complained on Twitter that there seemed to be no good radio stations In Berlin.Back in college I was involved in college radio and thought about it as a career. I have a good voice, but not the right personality, and seeing how the industry has progressed since then it was a good career decision not to pursue it. But I can still boast I was one of the first Americans to have heard of U2. 🙂

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