What I’m Listening To

Christmas time requires a lot of prep work, no matter what your job is. For me, since I manage a radio station as well as host and produce a radio show, there’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that the holiday programming and day itself goes off without a hitch. Technology affords us now to be able to automate the holiday itself and not have to have someone be away from their families up here at work on such a sacred day. But to make sure that the automation is solid, there’s a WHOLE LOTTA work involved to make that machine work without a hitch. Needless to say I’ve been working pretty hard to make that happen for over a week.

I’ve been a bit sick of Christmas music for a while (with the exception of the tasty tunes from The Appetizer) so I’ve been picking up some new tunes, checking out some other stuff and putting my iTunes playlist on DJ mode to listen to awesome stuff while I work. What’s on right now? I’ll tell you. Dan Mangan has this great little EP called Robots Vs Indie Queens that has been in rotation on my iPod for several weeks. It was one of the albums I listed under the free music on Amazon a few weeks back. Go pick those up before they pull them off my clicking here.

What else have I been listening to? I did this great interview with indie songwriter and book author Christa Black yesterday in our radio studio. She’s from Abilene and is in town for the holiday as well as doing a book signing last night at Monk’s Coffeehouse. I’ve read about 4 chapters of her book and it’s amazing. It’s all about overcoming the obstacles we all face in security, namely what we think about ourselves and how we live out what we think about ourselves. She ties her own story into the book,”God Loves Ugly,” and each chapter deals with a different component of the whole. Though she writes primarily for adolescent girls struggling with issues of inadequacy and fear, the book’s message can apply to anyone. She also has a cd with each track dealing with a corresponding chapter. The cd is great as well. You can learn more about her at her website www.myspace.com/christablack. And you can hear a portion of our interview that ran on KACU yesterday 9030-CHRISTA.

Next Monday, we’ll do a series of music hours that are different from our regular mix. I’m putting those playlists together now. It will essentially be a mix of music from The Appetizer heard during our regular daytime mix from 9A-noon, because we’ll only have one person working that day. To make things easier for Caleb, who will be braving the day by himself, I’ve picked some music for him to keep the flow easier. Some of the artists included in that mix are Elephant Revival, Twyla Foreman, Regina Spektor, Ben Kweller, Feist, Bob Schneider and much more.

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