In my feeble attempt to explain a little about the subtleties about how living here in England is different than the states, I thought I would take a moment to talk about the music here.
We listen to the talk shows if we do listen to the radio. BBC Surrey is, by far, my personal favorite radio station. It reminds me of what I imagine listening to local radio in Mayberry (home of Andy Griffith) would be like. For example, I listened on the way home one day to a news segment, with interviews, about how it may or may not be a good idea to remove the trees along the median in a nearby village… for 15 minutes. That’s the scale of the importance of things the local radio reports on. I actually really love it! It’s so quaint! 🙂
As for music, it reminds me of Canada, how they would have restrictions on the number of non-native artists they could play. Consequently, a majority of the foreign music is spent on playing Rihanna’s latest single. We don’t get to here rock music. We don’t get to here American music. We gave up. We don’t even listen to the radio here for music anymore.
On the 30 minute one-way commute, we spend a majority of our time listening to podcasts (I’ll plug British History Podcast again…) and music we might have heard the last time we were in the states, which for me was in January. If there is a massive hit sweeping the states, I could almost guarantee we haven’t heard it. I even find myself nostalgic for country music, and I’m not what I would classify as a country music fan.
Also, Pandora is blocked here, so we aren’t even blessed with that relief. Music is one thing I think with which we suffer.
I will tell you what I am listening to now. Matt Fenton, I’m listening to the Strokes latest album:
Also, I thought I would share a song from the band Libby walked down the aisle to (though not the song) and who we’re going to see in London this October!
So for those of you in the states (including my wonderful wife), be thankful for the ease of access to good, quality music. If you think there’s a good band we should listen to, let us know!