Country Music

I hesitate to confess this…I am a fan of Country Music. Close to 10 years ago, some friends and I took a road trip to Chicago, and I grabbed a ride with a 17 year old redneck in his pickup truck. I’ve been hooked since. (The 17 year old redneck has progressed onwards and no longer listens to country much, drives an Acura, and makes 60K a year.)

However, lately, I’ve been turning it on less. I am sick of hearing Worleys “Have You Forgotten”. I find myself yelling at the radio that Iraq isn’t Afghanistan, and Osama and Saddam aren’t the same guys. Anyway, sick of the patriotism flowing from the airwaves, I turn the radio dial leftwards. Way left. 88.1. As far left on the dial you can go in St. Louis, Missouri to KDHX FM.

The first song I hear is John Trudell’s “Bombs over Baghdad.”

Bombs over Baghdad
Dancers of Death
Murder in the air
With the next breath …
Raining destruction, good ol boys…
“Thou shalt kill in the name of the Lord”…
Fighting for peace, can’t comprehend…
empires drinking blood and oil cocktails…

I’m told when it finishes playing that the song previous had been by the Dixie Chicks. I smile. They’re a public/community radio station. They’re in the middle of a pledge drive, I think about becoming a member. You can hear the station from anywhere in the world online (requires Real Audio).