Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" is a classic, but even that gets a little old when you are festering in a truck for up to 15 hours at a time. I am an XM/Sirius subscriber and enjoy the diverse spread of talk radio shows and multiple music venues. Here's the problem: I'm either getting older and softer, or a little wiser and more aware of current events. I think it's a combination of both, along with an appreciation for some corny synthesized music. My fist pumps of the past when rockin' to old school Metallica have seen the same deliverance lately when Glenn Beck slams some liberal on the radio, or when a classic Hornsby song comes on. And since I'm going there with the politics thing, I listen to the Patriot channel more than XL Faction lately. What is happening to me? Generally speaking, I am way more tuned in to politics than ever before, and equally enjoy listening to a good history lesson by Glenn Beck as I once did the Jason Ellis show on XL Faction.
The odd change/evolution continues, I also have become entrenched into the 80's on 8, and occasionally the early 90's stations. I have really come to appreciate an early 80's Jams and Swatch Watch wearin' masterpiece. I'm not sure when exactly this transformation took place, but "The Lyrical Jesse James", " Tow the Line" and "St. Elmo's Fire" are some examples of enjoyable flashback lyrics for me. It's always been in me, but now it has come to the forefront. I guess it's the same as when my parents' generation was all about listening to the Beatles because that's what they grew up with. Maybe because I associate the 80's with the good times of skiing most days after school in the winter or hooking up the boat to go to the lake in the summer and bringing one spinning rod strapped down to the deck of my 16 ft aluminum shipwreck like a wanna-be bass pro....well.... I'm still a wanna-be patched-up vest wearing chode with a high-hat, but I do have a nicer boat now!
So what does Billy Ocean, Glenn Beck and the band Toto have in common? I have no friggin' idea, but I can say this: Ivan Drago was a boxer but Ivan Putski was a wrestler, making Ivana Trump a Cold War spy that was at one time married to whom Patriot radio says may be the next president! Chew on that during your traditional 80's Christmas feast listening to The Boss's version of "Santa Claus is Comin to Town"!