The other day I was in my car listening to the radio, when an advert came on with a great song from my youth playing in the background. It made me smile, it made me sing-a-long and even groove in my seat - and then I realised this is something I really miss for the first time.
You see where I am now, the only radio stations are either country or rock genres, neither of which I followed when I lived in the UK. So I have no history with the music I hear daily. I am no longer in a situation where a song I grew up hearing or loving will unexpectedly play and brighten my day.
It kind of made me sad to realise I am missing out on these little moments of pleasure and it will be years before I'll get to that point with country music. Although there is the odd exception with a couple of Dolly Parton tracks which were big back home too. But I'm not going be singing along to Duran Duran, The Beatles, Abba or Soul to Soul unexpectedly out here! And I lose the spontaneity factor, which is half the pleasure, with a CD.
The only answer I can see is either Sirius or XM, but I'm not ready to pay monthly for satellite radio just yet.