Lazy Radio

So Birmingham has a new rock station, 105.5 The Vulcan, which I’ve been listening to lately. They specialize in new rock, but have a heavy focus in stuff from the 90’s. Obviously, that’s something I really dig; I mean, it reminds me of high school, college, and endless frivolity (which often equals stupidity). But it’s made me a little concerned too…

For instance, I was listening one day and heard the song “Burden in my Hand” by Soundgarden. Great song. I hadn’t heard it in years. But two days later, I heard it again.

And that’s ok too, but I think you see where I’m going with it. There are several great songs from the 90’s that they’ve brought back out, but they’re starting to overplay them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam or “Self-esteem” by The Offspring. Those are great songs too, but don’t overdo it! There’s such a vast and wonderful catalog of material out there, you should almost never overplay anything.

So, why would they do that? Why would they focus on a handful of songs and play them into oblivion when there’s so much great stuff out there? At first, you might assume that they are strong in the lazy side of the force. After all, what could be lazier than picking out a selection of songs and never replacing them with anything else?

Well said. It sounds like you’ve really been trying to embrace the lazy side. And perhaps, that is why you fail.

The lazy side can’t be embraced. It eludes embracing, because embracing is action. Instead, you must treat the lazy side with indifference. You must sit back on your couch and act like you don’t care about the lazy side at all. Maybe eat a few chips, or ask someone to get you a drink (but don’t get it yourself…). Yawn a lot. The lazy side will draw ever closer.

See, the lazy side will never fail you. Let’s go back to our example of this new radio station. When using the lazy side, one concentrates on maximizing and sustaining enjoyment. Playing good songs on the radio is enjoyable, and if you own the radio station, it’s also lucrative. The lazy side likes “lucrative.” A lucrative life-style enables laziness.

Therefore, a true lazy side master wouldn’t just pick out a few good songs, then let them run continually. No. Instead, he will (using minimum effort) periodically change up the song selection so that no tune gets old. Thus, people continue to listen to this rocking station, and money continues to pour in.

Truly, the lazy side IS powerful (and I would have added an exclamation point there, but I was feeling too lazy)


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