Man, I love this show. I love it for the music I hear that I have never heard before. Music from all regions of this planet. Rollins has the most diverse knowledge of music EVER. I have known a lot of music fetishists in my day and they didn't come close to the scope of music this guy knows. The sheer retention of this guy's brain for the interconnectedness of all things musical seriously fucks me up. I bow at his feet. Just wow. The way he talks about music makes you excited to hear it. His enthusiasm is so contagious.
Some weeks his playlist is all punk. Sometimes it is blues. Sometimes it is indie. Sometimes it is jazz. Mostly it is a mixture of all these categories plus a bunch more. While I imagine he might be considered a bit of a music elitist (a title with no negative implications because he has the knowledge 'goods' to back it up) he knows what he likes and is not embarrassed if it is maybe 'not so cool' to the mainstream. If he likes it he likes it whether it is The Buzzcocks or Vanilla Ice. Be it Bebop or Tribal.
Every single week he plays a track from The Fall. This always makes me tingly as this was a band I loved in the 80's and own some vinyl of. It has been stored in the basement for years and they simply slid off my mental radar screen. To have not only rediscovered them again though HR but to get to listen to them every week is so cool. Tingly, I say!
Every week he plays some song from the past that I love and haven't heard for YEARS and no matter if I am comfy on the couch with a cat draped over me or in the middle of my evening meal I am compelled to get up and shake my ass a little. I have already boogied once tonight and I expect I will shake it again within the next two hours. Gently, of course, so the noobies* are not traumatized. Or my neighbours if they catch a glimpse of my hokey ass through the blinds.
What am I saying? I don't dance. No, no, no... I sit at my computer and coolly nod my head to the beat. Yeah, that's what I do. I certainly don't revert back to the 80's two step a la Molly Ringwald in my living room.
No air guitars were smashed in the writing of this post.*noobies is compliments of Jeanette-a fellow breast cancer survivor