Thinking Out Loud

May 16, 2015

My Life Growing Up in Europe

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:48 am

I did not grow up in Europe.

The topic last night was, “Imagine how your life would be different if you had grown up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.”

I passionately told my wife, “You would have lived in a different type of housing, eaten different foods, been exposed a greater variety of languages, gone through a very different school system.”

She smiled and continued watching her online murder mystery. In fairness, she had a long day at work. As for me, I could smell the different air, see the sun casting shadows at angles I’ve never experienced from trees that don’t grow here.

What prompted all this was I tuned in to last night and selected a radio station from the Netherlands, Toppers van Toen. They play music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Maybe a little too middle-of-the-road for my liking. Not my version of the 60s or the 80s. Tomorrow night I’ll pick a different station.

Meanwhile, here’s what was going on as I listened:

03:43:52 Unit Gloria Our Father
03:41:04 FRIDA BOCCARA Cent Mille Chansons
03:38:02 Bee Gees First of May
03:33:23 Barry White Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up
03:31:04 Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas Bad To Me
03:28:42 Royal Guardsmen Snoopy Vs The Red Baron
03:25:36 Stevie Wonder You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
03:20:38 Whitney Houston Didn’t We Almost Have It All
03:14:54 Gerard Lenorman Voici Les Clés
03:11:15 Don McLean Vincent
03:07:37 Jose Feliciano Che Sara
03:04:45 Tina Charles Dance Little Lady Dance
03:01:34 Long John Baldry Let The Heartaches Begin
02:59:00 Dusty Springfield You Don’t Have To Say You Love
02:55:46 Golden Earings Dong Dong Diki Digi Dong
02:51:14 Rod Stewart Ain’t Love A Bitch
02:47:12 Tina Turner Two People
02:42:16 Classics Wings Of An Eagle
02:38:35 Move Blackberry Way
02:36:13 Luman Bob Let’s Think About Living
02:33:10 Chicory Tip Good Grief Christina
02:30:12 Four Tops Bernadette
02:27:48 The Hollies Listen To Me
02:23:42 Billy Ocean Suddenly
02:17:52 John Miles Music

No, I don’t know why Frida is in all caps.

For some of us, for whom travel is simply not an option, this is a way to immerse yourself in a foreign space; to at least mentally board that plane and enjoy that European vacation. But not a hotel holiday, or even a bus tour; but rather, an immersion into the life of a local village perhaps, or a one week stay at the house of a cousin you don’t have where you settle in to watch the hometown breakfast television show and comment how the electrical plugs are not like the ones back in the States.

…So yeah; about that first song; well, listen for yourself…

Now aren’t you glad you tuned in?

There are hundreds of stations on Delicast sortable by country or genre. I encourage you to take the trip.

You can be back home for dinner.


1 Comment »

  1. Well that just RINGS of childlike faith in a good God, no? QUITE THE SONG! But where are Christians who have the apologetic skills to answer such deep questions? My brother wrote a poem which was called, ‘How Do You Open Men’s Hearts’ (which I turned into a song some years later to his shock) which put the focus on how God was supposed to fix man in his current state. But this song points the finger at God and says, “Just what are you supposed to be doing here with us right now, if you are who you say you are?” I pray there are Christians who can at least attempt to answer such questions when they come.

    Keep reading your Bibles kids … and some Ravi Z. & Phillip Yancey while you’re at it. You’ll have to try and answer these tough ones one day.


    Comment by Flagrant Regard — May 25, 2015 @ 11:40 am

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