Monday, April 23, 2007

Rhymes with Taco Bell

Recently, our local classical radio station, which is up at the high end of the dial and difficult to get a clear signal, has acquired our classic rock station at 94.1 FM and will commence playing classical music on a stronger signal on May 1st at 10 a.m.


Until then, however, they keep playing Pachabel's Canon over and over again. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. It's been really interesting, because they play many different versions that feature different instrument families...piano, strings, horns, classical guitar, flute, and even a synthesizer version (but I do really hate the version where someone is whisper-singing in the background "when...will...I....touch....you....again"). It's been very educational, and really, there are worse songs they can pick to do so. It's become a running joke in the car.



"Hey Mom, I'd like to hear some Pachabel's Canon." Maggie or Chris says when they are tired of listening to our regular ESPN.


"Really, hmmm I wonder if its on. Wow...what a coincidence! Here it is!" I exclaim. And then we listen to various versions for the next half hour.



But they haven't sufficiently explained why just one song until May 1st. But I have a theory. At least, my imagination has run away with me.


What if there is one last d.j., stuck in the 1970's, unable to ponder the fact that "A Horse With No Name" won't be played four times a day in Fort Wayne anymore, is holed up in the booth and he won't leave. Hunger strike....whatever. So to get him out, to break his spirit, this whole broadcast is actually them just blasting Pachabel's Canon into the building until he can't take it anymore and finally runs screaming from the building....


I have to say, we're going on two weeks now. I admire his tenacity.

14 comments:

Jane said...

The "taco bell" or Uncle Bill's Cannon" has been a great source of entertainment around here, too. The first day we heard it, Bethany and I were making up imaginary weddings to go with each one. BTW, she calls the whispery one the transvestite version. :)

elephantschild said...

Oh, thanks for the earworm! Argh! All night I'm gonna be hearing "... on a horse with no name..." galloping though my head.

"Inna - Gadda - Da - Vita, baby!" and "Feliz Navid" on you!

I suspect you're right on your theory. Keep us posted. Have they played a steel drums or pan-flute version yet?

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

Oh Goodness, I love it!!!

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

I could've done "she ran calling Wiiiillllldddd FIIIIREEE"

Oh great, now its infected me!

Justice, I suppose.

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Around here there used to be a radio station near the end of the radio dial called "The End." When they first started, they played REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It" for I don't remember how many days straight. Word of mouth publicity, I suppose.

Marie N. said...

Another conspriacy idea...
Perhaps the seller did not really want to sell so he had a clause written into the contract that was so absurd no one would accept the terms until...

Frank said...

Pachabel's Canon? What the heck is that? Let’s just access iTunes and see. Oh, I do know that one! Oh no, it wont stop playing! Thanks a lot. ;)

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

rofl...I like the other theories going on! All plausible.

Barb,

I suppose it would get people checking in to see if they were playing anything else yet.

(although I love REM, especially older REM), I think I would use it as a fundraising campaignto see if people would send money for me to buy another CD?
Kind of like that "send me money or I will eat the rabbit" thing that was going around.

Devona said...

I was going to post the same thing that Barb did. Man, The End was the BEST radio station ever. I was so sad when it went ka-poot.

And on an REM related note. I saw them perform live. And they closed with It the End of the World As We Know It, of course. The show was at an outdoor amphitheater. As soon as the second verse started a huge thunder storm blew in and rained all over everyone. It was very symbolic.

Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...

They are definitely a group that I would like to see in person....That's cool.

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Favorite Apron said...

Lora - somewhere on youtube there is a comedy video of a guy doing a routine in which every song is based on pachabel's cannon. I'll try to find it for you.

Melynda Hoffman said...

I wondered about that! I was growing weary of it but the kids wanted to listen to it though.

Rabbit Man said...

I am the son of Rebellious Pastor's Wife. And I have to say, it's almost always Maggie who ask's.