January 20th, 2002



As I usually ride the Metro to work, I am rarely in the car anymore and therefore rarely listen to the radio (with the exception of course, being the Oldies Channel Morning show I listen to while getting dressed). I was driving around listening to the radio while running errands today and my theory about music and my mortality was further cemented.

There are two "alternative" radio stations in the DC area: 99.1 and DC101. When I first moved down here, 99.1 was more college rock while 101.1 was "hard" rock. The two have since blurred their differences to the point where they are indistinguishable. The last few times I have been listening to either station, I heard Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, The Breeders, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Temple of the Dog, Red Hot Chili Peppers...just today, I flipped from "Under the Bridge" on 99.1 only to find "Give it Away" on DC101. Aside from the assorted pepperings of new bands, most of the music played came out between my freshman and senior years of high school.

I wondered if that had something to do with the fact that I rarely feel older than seventeen. If when the day comes that the music of my high school years stops playing in regular rotation on the radio will I then feel old, or at least like an adult?

That thought lead me to wonder, did the people who pubescized with hair metal suddenly feel out of touch and dated the day that grunge swallowed the airwaves whole?