A number of things these days I find interesting are ones where you say “I can try and explain but you really had to be there” This includes they way people have described the Unplug’d conference (I’ve met like half on my road trip), and also very much ds106 radio.
Usually these things are ones that you talk about so much that you may annoy people around you. The answer to almost anything becomes… “ds106 radio”.
Well here is one more. Those I who have been around me know I don’t spend much time sleeping. I honestly find a lot of time sleeping tiring… and a waste of time! It’s like the way Keith Richards open’s his autobiography:
For many years I slept, on average, twice a week. This means that I have been conscious for at least three lifetimes.
I find that getting revved up n a programming or video editing project, I might start tired, but end up wired for hours. The same thing happens on ds106 radio.
I came up with this idea- traditional radio is about broadcasting something for people to hear you- ds106radio is about broadcasting for people to hear with you. One word difference, but it is immense.
Last night I was trying to read a book and ended up sleeping with it resting on my chest. I woke up to respond to an important text message, and thought, what the hell, will see what is going the radio. It was just Auto DJ, which is fine, because there is always something on. But the radio is ALIVE when someone is live broadcasting.
I just felt like doing something, but not talking, so I queued up about 8 sounds I had already in a list of “All Right” songs, just to say I was all right. I started tweeting the songs. People like @pumpkiny (who is a musicologist galore) responded with new suggestions. @aforgrave joined in as I was calling out things like “air guitar solo time”. Someone I’ve not crossed paths with before @savasavasava suggested a new song. I was downloading them and tossing them into the mix, even screwing up one when I did not think and sampled the song from iTunes Store, which of course went out on stream.
What happened? Did I feel like a nimcompoop or worthless for making a public mistake? Nah, I laughed, and @forgrave tweeted “hey Alan, it’s allright!’
Even just describing this sounds ho-hum, but more more, the endorphins were flowing strong. I ended up staying up another hour to write a blog post. My new and improved playlist is:
- Feelin’ Alright (Traffic)
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (Bob Dylan)
- All Right Now [Live] (Free)
- Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (Elton John)
- Feelin’ Alright (Joe Cocker)
- Jesus Is Just Alright (The Doobie Brothers)
- Bloody Well Right (Supertramp)
- The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
- It’s Alright For You (The Police)
- That’s All Right (Rod Stewart)
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
- End of the Line (The Traveling Wilburys)
Want to feel allright? Try these
Do you really want to feel allright? Get on yer #4Life yell, pick up the microphone, and join our mad loving community. See http://bit.ly/radio4life for everything you need to listen and broadcast.
Radio makes me feel more alive than almost all other activities. How can I put that in words? Well… you have to be there….