Music Of My Choice In The Car Again

The cassette player in my car hasn’t been functioning for quite a long time, and I don’t have a CD player aboard. So I have been at the mercy of whatever the radio stations been churning out should I want to listen to music in the car.

But from yesterday, all that have changed. I am now able to listen to stuff I want to whenever I want to.

Yesterday, tunes like Gilbert O’Sullivan’s upbeat “Alone Again, Naturally” and Zager & Evan’s optimistic “In The Year 2525” were blaring from my speakers and I felt so much alive driving alone than I’ve ever been in quite awhile. And it’s all thanks to a little tube I plugged into the lighter socket. The tube transmits the music over a selection of radio frequencies. The car radio receives the signal on the set frequency and plays the music.

And the tunes are mp3 files read from a little flash drive plugged into the thingamajig transmitter.

Digital music in the car without any CD players. Ain’t technology grand?

And “upbeat” and “optimistic” above is dripping with wonderful sarcasm if you’re unawares.

Then there’re also R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People”, Rod Stewart’s “Motown Song”, Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold”, Andy Williams’ “Happy Heart”, The Platters’ “Twilight Time”, Bob Seger’s “Against The Wind”, Stan Bush’s “The Touch”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, The Beatles’ “Fool On The Hill” and “Octopus’ Garden”, Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

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