Music and Words

October 31, 2009

Party on KRQ

Filed under: Music — melomania @ 8:05 am

We have this radio station in town (the one I was ranting about last time) that plays Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” all the time. Now, I have to clarify that I kind of like this song. Sure, it’s a guilty pleasure but it’s kind of a fun song. My only strong objection to it is that it’s performed by Miley Cyrus. But I’ll save that for another time.

The problem that I have with this particular radio station is that they play an altered version of the song. At the beginning of the chorus, there is a line that goes “…and that Jay-Z song was on…” This line is basically the fundamental point of the whole song. The entire chorus is about listening to this song. However, when it’s played on this radio station, the line has been changed to “…and John-Jay and Rich were on…”

So the entire chorus is now about listening to a (really bad) morning show? On what planet does that even begin to make sense?

Miley, I don’t care how much airtime they give you when you call in to their morning show. Changing that line ruins the whole song. And, since that particular line is sung FOUR GAJILLION times throughout the course of the song, not only does it sound stupid, it REALLY ANNOYS ME!

October 30, 2009

Radio Rant

Filed under: Music,Words — melomania @ 7:44 pm

I hate listening to the radio, but I do it all the time. I like listening to new music, and I’ll never get exposed to new music if I’m constantly listening to my iPhone. What I hate about it is the people. I mean the DJs, the talking heads, whatever. As soon as you start to talk, I change the station. I never want to hear what you have to say. At best, it’s stupid. At worst, it infuriates me.

For example, we have one station in town that plays Top 40 hits. Their morning show was recently voted the Best of Tucson. (I found out about this while listening to the one morning show that I actually can stand. There is one.) This particular radio station’s morning show isn’t even based in Tucson anymore – they’ve moved to Phoenix. Which explains why they never talk about the traffic report during the rest of the show. These two guys and whichever girl is currently on there are AWFUL. Absolutely horrible. They do these gimmick days where they have contests on the show, and that is basically their entire entertainment value. Like on Confession Wednesday, they have people call in and confess something to them, and the person with the most shocking confession is winner. For one thing, how can you top it week after week? And for another, WHO CARES?

They don’t talk about anything even remotely important, and like I said, they sound stupid at best. They never play music in the mornings, apparently preferring to just hear themselves talk. And sound stupid.

This same radio station puts Ryan Seacrest on in the afternoons. Really? Because that’s just what you need – MORE radio personalities with ego problems. Who also aren’t in Tucson.

October 29, 2009

Last Night

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 1:27 pm

Student: “Hey, Stephanie!”

Me: “Hmm?”

Student: “I got you beat!”

Me: “You know, it’s probably not the best idea to tell me you’ve ‘got me beat’ when I’m walking across the room holding a giant Algebra textbook.”

October 21, 2009

Ask Me Why I Teach

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 5:24 pm

I got to tell a student how well he did on his test today at work. His eyes lit up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so excited. He is turning into a good reader who enjoys and is successful at school.

These moments are the reason I teach. Smiles like that are the reason I love my job.

October 13, 2009

Sleeping In

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 8:44 pm

You know what I miss? Sleeping in. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can actually manage to schedule classes in college so that you get to sleep in all the time. Not me, because I was a music student, and for some reason, the music department seemed to think we were all capable of attending 8am classes, which is horribly and unbelievably WRONG, but I digress.

Now, I’m working full-time, and I have to get up every morning at 6:30. Well, my alarm goes off then. I don’t actually get up. Once I do, though, I make myself look presentable, and actually eat breakfast. See, it used to be that I could just roll out of bed at 7:30, leave the house at 7:45, and be in class at 8. Ok, maybe 8:05, but the point remains the same. That’s an hour that I don’t get to sleep anymore, except one day a week, my weekend, and usually my puppy ruins that because she hasn’t learned yet that I DON’T LIKE being woken up at 6 if I don’t have my alarm set. Yes, I know she’s a little old for this, but I’m still working on a strategy that involves her not needing to pee at all hours of the night. This strategy may involve the crate, which WILL involve her whining hysterically, hence my reluctance. At least when I get up and let her out, the whole experience only lasts about 5 minutes. The whining will last all night. Well, it usually only lasts 5 minutes. Except for that time she saw a mouse run across the back porch, chased it, and I couldn’t find her and had to go get my dad to help me. At 4 in the morning. But again, I digress.

The point here was that I miss sleeping in. I haven’t yet learned that in order to get up so early, I have to actually go to bed early, so I probably don’t get enough sleep. When I don’t work, though, I sleep til a good solid 11 or 12, after getting up sometime between 7 and 9 to let the puppy out. I miss my sleep. Or at least I miss my caffeine-induced wakeful state that I had in college due to an addiction to energy drinks. I actually justified buying energy drinks by saying they were cheaper than Starbucks. They are, but they’re a lot more expensive than making coffee at home. ¬†Go figure.

I have a busy day ahead of me at work tomorrow (staying home sick creates a lot of backed-up work) so I should go to bed at a reasonable time tonight. We’ll have to see how long it takes me to get to sleep since I haven’t even been up for 12 hours yet. Actually, I don’t think I’ve even been up for 10. That’s ridiculous.

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