Has Another Driver Ever Caught You Listening To An Embarrassing Song?
I hope I’m not alone in this; the other day I was driving and listening to music via my iPod. I have just under 7,000 songs and, while I know people who have more, I have what I think is a pretty good variety of music on there. I had it set to shuffle the songs so I wouldn’t know what was coming next. A song by Jim Nabors came on; I can’t say I’m a huge Jim Nabors fan but once upon a time almost 20 years ago at this very radio station, we were talking about Christmas songs and I mentioned that I liked Jim Nabors’ version of ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’.
At that time I owned no Jim Nabors music, but that soon changed as people started sending me his albums (probably to get rid of them), and over the years I digitized some of them and they wound up on my iPod. By the way, if you’ve read this far and don’t know who Jim Nabors is, he was a comic actor in the 60′s and 70′s who starred in the television show ‘Gomer Pyle USMC’. Anyway, a Jim Nabors song came on my iPod; it was ‘Impossible Dream’. It was a day warm enough that I was driving with my driver side window down and I pulled up to a stoplight.
There was a Volkswagen Beetle next to me on my left; I looked at the driver and it was a young woman, probably in her late 20s. We briefly made eye contact and she rolled her eyes; at first I thought it was something about me or my car bus I quickly realized it was my song selection. I wanted to yell at her, “I like good music, too! I’ve seen the Rolling Stones, the Who, U2, Rush (4 times!), Santana, the Police AC/DC, Tom Petty and many more. My Jim Nabors song does not define me!” Of course, I said nothing; I quickly hit the “Next” button on my iPod and a song by Vandenburg came, which I guess is marginally better. Fewer strings, anyway.
The light turned green and she went her way and I went mine; I know I’ll never see her again and her opinion shouldn’t matter at all to me, but I would like her to know that show tunes are not the only type of music I own.