Everyone has his or her own taste in music. We oldsters might think that modern rock or hip hop is a little strange, but still it remains to each his own.
Music is the elixir of the soul, and it's wonderful to be able to tune the radio to your favorite music, regardless of your preference.
This old writer is really tuned to old-time music. There is something about polka music that is always toe tapping, and Mary Ann and I have enjoyed dancing to polkas and waltzes for decades. We are getting a little short of breath to endure too many turns around the dance floor, but we still love listening and can visualize ourselves dancing to some lively polka tune. Once in awhile we still take a turn to a polka tune.
Consequently, there is a constant search for radio stations that play music that is relaxing. Our family makes fun of us for our selection of music.
There is a constant contest between Alex and Christopher, our grandsons, for the selected stations on the old tractor radio. After Alex or Christopher has run the old machine, I always find it tuned to the acid rock stations, which naturally hurts these old ears.
On Sundays, there is a real ritual. From noon to 2 p.m., I always listen to polka party on a national hookup. Then I retune the radio to genuine polka and waltz music provided by Clarence and Audrey Saylor. They always have local polka bands performing and sometimes they are live. It is a hoot to listen to them broadcast from Long Lake. They also interview local personalities.
With the advance of technology we can use the Internet to tune in any polka station anywhere in the United States.
One of the neatest discoveries is Pandora radio. It is free, and you select the type of music you like. Every time you bring up Pandora on the Internet after you have chosen your favorite music, it just comes up automatically. For us, it is the oldies of country music. We never tire of hearing Ernest Tubb's Walking the Floor Over You, Hank Williams' Cold, Cold Heart or Eddy Arnold's Cattle Call.
Of course anytime you want to change your type of music you just point and click. You can also read song lyrics and the singer's biography. Plus, you can listen while you do other Internet activities.
Then if you really get with it, you can subscribe to Sirius XM radio, although that will cost you. We have XM radio in both of our cars, and there is a mix of stations that just play constantly. Here you can change station just with the click of the mouse. A perk includes listening to major league baseball games, and while we travel, we can tune in the Minnesota Twins any place in the country.
It is a great time to be alive in America. So many devices enhance our everyday lives. But music is still the best.
Gerald Jerry Krueger is a retired educator, coach, commercial pilot and farmer. Write him at email@example.com. His column publishes Mondays.