Come On, We All Do It

By Tardsie

Sometimes, when I’m on a long drive by myself, I like to turn the radio dial to a contemporary Christian station, only I imagine that I don’t know it’s really a Christian station, and see how long I have to listen before I figure that out.

“Are They Talking About The Guy Who Cuts My Lawn? I Had No Idea He Was So Popular.”

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25 Responses to Come On, We All Do It

    • Smaktakula says:

      Then you haven’t LIVED. An as someone who resides in Deliverance-ville, I figure you’ve got all kinds of Jesus radio.

      • Oh, I’m sure we do. But the radio in my car is not working because a fuse is out, and I usually stick with my good ol’ favorites at any rate. When I hear Christian rock, it usually irritates me too badly to listen too long anyhow.

  1. Perhaps I’m old school, but I find contemporary Christian music is often as trite and bland as today’s pop, which I don’t listen to either. I love the old hymns (oh, yeah -with an organ and a choir- and I do sing it loud and proud in church) and as far as I’m concerned nobody did Christian music like Bach, Handel and Mozart.

    But I’m the same one who will crank up Metallica or Led Zeppelin when the urge strikes me, so my tastes are probably a bit more funky than most.

  2. El Guapo says:

    Sorry. Never actually done that.
    I have, however tuned in one of the Spanish stations, danced like hll in the car through the instrumental bit, then looked surprised and guilty when the Spanish started, shrugged, and just kept on going.

    • Smaktakula says:

      Sorry. Never actually done that.

      Then Guap, (and I say this knowing that you have leaped from a bridge in the Pacific Northwest, flown to the exotic corners of the world where Europe and Asia meet and gone to the legendary CBGBs among other exciting things), you have not lived life to its fullest!

      • El Guapo says:

        Now wait, lets not be judgementally rash here. I have occasionally deliberately listened to Amy Grant’s pop stuff.
        And I did buy my wife a copy of Pat Boone in a metal mood, as a gag. But we did listen to it. Once.
        That’s got be worth something…

  3. I think I have done this. Not sure why….maybe I was bored. I’ve tuned in before just to see what they’re saying. I do the same thing every now and then with Fox News.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    Tardsie may be on his own with this one. But what else does one expect from a sack? As for myself, I’m not sure how I survived before satellite radio. That, my SodaStream, and my treadmill shelf were my best gifts ever. And who says diamonds are a girl’s best friend?

    Sorry. I digressed…

  5. Did it by mistake a time or two, but it only took 30 seconds. So how long does it take you?

  6. whiteladyinthehood says:

    The rocker girl says, no, I’ve never done this Smakington (nor would I admit to it).

  7. tomsimard says:

    I like the idea. How long does it generally take?
    I’ll have to admit that when Christian metal (white metal) bands start singing about the Savior I have to wonder whether we’re talking about the same guy.

  8. I don’t do this, but sometimes if we’re in the car, Mr. Weebles will turn on a Christian station and we’ll see which one of us can stand it longer. Usually I’m the one who switches stations first.

  9. jmmcdowell says:

    Neither hubs nor I could listen to such a station for long. But there are very few stations we tolerate for long. We used to have satellite radio, but even that wasn’t very interesting. So it’s NPR or the iPod for us.

  10. Alex Autin says:

    There’s contemporary Christian?

  11. If I ever did that by accident, I’d be so irritated I’d crash.

  12. Oh my god, I love it! Christian rock skeeves me out!

    • Smaktakula says:

      I grew up in a fundy environment, so I’m not as weirded out by it, but it just seems so limiting to me. If a secular artist sings a song about God, that’s fine, but when a religious artist sings a secular song it’s a betrayal. So yeah, that is kinda skeevy.

  13. Living here in Greenville, S.C., virtually the first half of the FM dial is explicitly Christian-themed radio. So, if I push the SCAN button on my radio, it is kind of like the scenes in “The Deerhunter” where they are playing Russian Roulette with screaming Vietnamese guys betting money on their probable demise. In other words, it’s only a matter of minutes before the inevitable happens and no, it’s not pretty.

  14. i do it with spanish stations. i try to figure out the songs/ what they’re saying. i get about half of it. it helps to pass the time on loooooong rides. xo, sm

  15. Luddy's Lens says:

    Never done this on purpose, although have many times endured accidental christian radio when driving through non-metropoli areas of the U.S.

    I used to like to turn my teevee to the “zealot channel” as I called it, and leave it playing in the background for some reason — I think because the wife half of one particular duo just fascinated me. (They were some d-list version of Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, but I can’t remember their names; I do recall that he looked like a clammy-handed sexual harrasser.) Also, there always seemed to be an endless supply of 50-year-old men with a white man ‘fro’s who warbled when they sang.

    • Smaktakula says:

      I know exactly of whom you speak! I used to have a girlfriend from Newport Beach who had the same housekeeper as the female televangelist you mentioned. The housekeeper called her “The Cloud Lady” because everything in her house was snow-white.

      In college, we used to get real high and watch Benny Hinn cast out demons on TV. We wasted so many precious hours of our lives.

  16. That is an interesting behaviour. What is at the core, I wonder.


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