August 1, 2009 by

I Dig My Kid’s Music (or, Dude, Satellite Radio Rocks)


Categories: music, random stuff, What the heck was THAT?

So this week, I took my car into the dealer for some maintenance work. Due to delays, they ended up keeping it three days. So they gave me a loaner car.

The loaner was a white Chrysler PT cruiser. I think PT crusiers sort of look like small, old-timey gangster cars. But when a PT cruiser is white, it looks more like a small, old-timey ambulance.


This PT cruiser was equipped with satellite radio. It was the first time I’d ever had satellite radio in a car. It wasn’t until I got to listening to that satellite radio that I realized just how crappy our local radio stations are.

My son The Director likes all kinds of music, but mostly he likes alternative. So when we found “Alt Nation” on the satellite radio, all he wanted to do was drive around and listen to stuff. Didn’t want to get out of the car. Wanted to go in the garage and sit in the car and listen to the satellite radio.

Thing is…that music was actually awesome. Lots of songs I never heard before, because our crappy local radio stations don’t play them. Song after song was a good one. I don’t know if I’ve ever had the experience of listening to a radio station and liking every song they play.

So yesterday, I’m driving the ambulance loaner car into work, listening to Alt Nation. And it’s the same thing–song after song is jamming. I started driving a little slower. I didn’t want to get out of the car and go to work. I wanted to sit in the car and listen to Alt Nation on satellite radio all day. I wanted to yank the car radio out of the loaner and stick it in the flower shop minivan.

Instantly addicting.

Am I weird because I like my kid’s music?

Don’t answer that.

All I can say is, I taught him well. 🙂

After work yesterday, I had to take the ambulance back to the dealer. I almost cried. I wanted to buy the ambulance so I could keep Alt Nation.

Too bad my real car isn’t a clunker. (Not that I want a car payment now, anyway.)

So if you see a small, white, ambulance-looking car going 30 miles an hour down the freeway, slightly rocking back and forth…

…it’s probably not really an ambulance, and probably nobody’s dying.

It probably means I contrived some other reason to take my car to the dealer.

Alt Nation rocks.

Musician. Composer. Recovering perfectionist. Minister-in-transition. Lover of puns. Hijacker of rock song references. Questioner of the status quo. I'm not really a rebel. Just a sincere Christ-follower with a thirst for significance that gets me into trouble. My quest has taken me over the fence of institutional Christianity. Here are some of my random thoughts along the way. Read along, join in the conversation. Just be nice.

9 Responses to I Dig My Kid’s Music (or, Dude, Satellite Radio Rocks)

  1. co_heir

    I've found one of the good things about the kids being young adults is the wide range of music I've been exposed to. I like most all of the music my son listens to.

  2. theschramfam

    ha! so funny!! (in a good way) My dad does the same thing! Suddenly, he'll be singing along to a song he doesn't even know, and we're all smiles! 🙂

  3. Kari

    you know, you can get satellite radio without buying a new car…

    I have been known to sit in the parking lot at work until the very last minute before I have to clock in.
    ha ha.

  4. J. R. Miller

    Jeff, you asked, "Am I weird because I like my kid's music?"

    I say no. I am sure you were weird long before that.. LOL

    Sorry, I could not resist the open door brother.

  5. Jeff McQ

    "The kids being young adults." Dang, that makes me feel old. 🙂 But geezers can rock, too, right? 🙂

    Schramfam, Kari, & J.R.,

  6. Karenkool

    My husbands work truck had a free one-year subscription to sat radio and I loved the alt station as well. Radio today does suck–totally!!!

    We loved the radio stations in Ireland… lots of cool new stuff and always interesting. (Actually they had a bit of talk radio mixed in, but it was interviews with new artists and stuff like that).

    Invest in satelite radio. Tell me when you do. Maybe I'll do the same.

  7. Jeff McQ

    I don't know why, but I've always had trouble tuning in Ireland radio. 🙂 BTW, glad you had a good trip.

    It was Sirius, channel 21. Alt Nation is also on XM, but I don't remember what station.

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