It has been said, “Music has charms to sooth a savage beast.” I’m not feeling particularly savage or beastly these days, but I’m very glad that I remembered the music tonight.
On Sirius XM satellite radio, my favorite channel is #33, “First Wave“. Lots of music from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Alternative. Punk. New Wave. My favorite show featuring all of that is the “Saturday Night Safety Dance,” which is just an excuse to put on a pre-recorded set of eight hours of dance mixes, mashups, and party music from the era. Part of the joke is that it’s supposedly hosted and put together by “DJ Bueller”, who apparently has taken the day off since we never hear him.
I absolutely adore it.
Many Saturday nights I get occupied with one thing or another and miss it. Most Saturday nights I remember to listen for a half hour or so. Some nights I need about a four hour fix with the option to turn selected favorite tunes WAY, WAY UP LOUD!!
For whatever reason, tonight was one of the latter.
We even got two new extended dance mixes, at least ones that were new to me. And the Pet Shop Boys’ “Where The Streets Have No Name / Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” mashup, one of my all-time favorites.
(Now playing, a really nice extended version of “Shout” by Tears for Fears. Tasty!)
In the end, even the really good music can’t make sense the chaos or quiet the angry voices of reality. But they can make it a bit easier to either tolerate or embrace the pandemonium and noise.