I’ve had a slacker account that I’ve used for years. Way back when I thought it had a nice, flashy interface compared to Pandora and I love music enough and was too lazy to convert my extensive CD collection to MP3 so I bought a subscription.
I really haven’t been getting the most out of it over the years. Originally I created a station or two, threw a couple dozen artists in there and then just started hitting favorite on songs until I had an auto-generated playlist. Late last year I switched to an android phone and since Christmas I’ve been road-tripping a lot on the weekends. With the new interface for the Slacker app on the new phone and more time in a car I decided I should start exploring more and started playing more of their curated stations. My “favorites” station was getting somewhat incestuous and it needed some fresh blood.
Not too long ago I found frontline radio. You can listen to it here.
It’s a pretty neat station. People write in with songs that had some significant meaning to them during their military career. Even if you just fast-forward through a song because you don’t like that particular piece of music, the stories are fun to listen to, especially as a veteran. I was road-tripping this weekend and was just enjoying it so much that I called my Dad and I think he’s downloaded the app so he can listen now too.
For years, this song always struck home with me. It’s “Cot” by the Carnival Strippers:
I’ve been that exhausted before, especially at the end of a tour, coming home after a year of keeping it all together and getting everyone back.
This weekend while driving the song “Zzyzx Road” by Stone Sour came on. I’d never heard it, but the story was instantly relate-able as was the song: