I don't have an mp3 player.
Well, I do. But I don't have the little FM thingamajig that lets me listen to it on the radio. (Bonus: my spell check totally recognizes "thingamajig" as a real word.) My phone has storage space and a Pandora app, full of stations I've been carefully honing for years, but it has the same problem: no FM thingamajig.
In my old car, I had an auxiliary input to just plug the phone straight into the radio, but my new super-mom-ish minivan doesn't have that.
So I've been listening to the radio ever since we bought this van. And it sucks.
I got so fed up with it all that I went diving through the back of all our closets, looking for something that I just knew I would never have thrown away. And I was right. In the back of the playroom closet, underneath an extra computer monitor and my high school letterman's jacket (why do we have so much stuff???) I found it.
My CD collection.
Yessiree, 650 of the rockingest CDs ever. Well, to be honest, about 75 of those are my husband's. Including the Avril Lavigne album. No way am I taking responsibility for that. The techno? Yeah, it's mine. But not Sk8r Boi.
Now, you have to keep in mind that I started using mp3s exclusively in 2002, and was using them pretty extensively before that to find new music. You know, those one-off songs that I knew I was never in a bajillion years going to buy the CD. So most of the CDs in this collection were released in the nineties, with a few stragglers reaching all the way up to 2003 or so.
I am one hip and happening minivan driving, bass thumping mother.
No Doubt? New Found Glory? Black Eyed Peas? Lit? Jimmie's Chicken Shack? NSYNC? My Chemical Romance? George Strait?
Alright, well George Strait has released several albums since then, but these were all eighties and nineties releases. In fact, the Latest, Greatest, Straitest Hits album was purchased during my senior year. In high school.
Today I drove around singing along to late nineties Clay Walker at the top of my lungs. Tomorrow, I think it's going to be Weezer's Blue Album kind of a day.