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 Delicast.com 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|
|03:07:37||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|
|02:36:13||Luman Bob||Let’s Think About Living|
|02:33:10||Chicory Tip||Good Grief Christina|
|02:27:48||The Hollies||Listen To Me|
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.