Years ago, my favorite radio station was Y100. It was an alt-rock station based out of Philadelphia and it was pretty much the only station that I listened to. It’s since been replaced with a format I don’t listen to but I have very strong, fond memories of that station.
One of the most vivid memories I have was a promotion they ran around the time Everclear’s I Will Buy You A New LIfe was popular. If you won the promotion, the station would pay for an apartment, a car, a cell phone, cable/internet and spending money for an entire year. It was a pretty amazing contest (which I did not enter because I have, and had, no desire to ever, ever live in Philadelphia). Every time I hear that song (which is today’s Money Tune, by the way), I think of that contest.
A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary “Waging A Living” which followed the lives of 4 working class people throughout the country. One of them, a newly divorced mom of 2 working as a waitress, was listening to the song on her car radio. She was singing the lyrics and I heard them in a new light. I had never before realized how profound and almost sad the lyrics actually are.
Listen for yourself: