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Just give some of that rock and roll

By Joe Centers • Jan 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM

We made a quick trip to Chicago this past weekend, so that means about 10 hours of listening to the radio.

That can pose some issues. If it was up to me, I’d find a sports talk station the entire way. For the girls, not so much.

On the way Saturday morning I got out my phone, logged onto TuneIn Radio and listened to the Locker Room Show on WLKR. I got a recap of Friday night’s games and it was an entertaining 60 minutes. Josh Bowman and Kevin Rasnick always do a great job, with guest appearances from Reflector Sports Editor Mark Hazelwood. 

We do that a lot when we are on the road. I have listened to Norwalk and St. Paul games in New York City, Las Vegas and most recently, Orlando when I listened to the St. Paul vs. South Central football game at an outlet mall.

With that all being said, that left us nine hours of drive time listening to the radio. Take away two hours Sunday afternoon when I listened to the Michigan State vs. Penn State basketball game on our ride home.

That left us with seven hours of radio time.

It’s not bad from here to about 30 minutes west of Toledo. The stations get spotty until you get near South Bend, Ind., so you have to search and search and search some more to the “delight” of Jody. It’s kind of like the way I flip through TV stations when we are home.

Flipping through the radio will tell you what kind of station it is and there are plenty of choices — mostly country.

I will tell you I am not a real country music fan. The one thing I do like about country music is you can understand what they are singing. I always heard if you played a country song backwards the guy would find his truck, he would find his dog and he would find his girlfriend (you can send your comments to [email protected]).

I always search for the oldies stations, which are a hit or miss. Oldies could mean the ’50s or ’60s or it could mean the ’70s or ’80s (to us oldtimers that’s not very old). 

There are a lot of rock stations listed. But not just rock. There is light rock. There is classic rock. There is hard rock. There is Christian rock. There is modern rock. There is active rock. There is alternative rock. There is heavy metal.

As far as I am concerned, you can just give me some “Old Time Rock and Roll.”

Jody and I went to see Bob Seger last week in Toledo as he kicked off his final tour. Now that’s real music.

The 73-year-old Seger put on a great show with his classic raspy, shouting voice. And being his final tour, he didn’t bore us with any new songs he wanted everybody to go out and buy. It was just one great song after another and I could understand every word. 

Seger wrote and recorded songs that deal with love, women and blue-collar themes and is an example of a heartland rock artist (that’s one I didn’t list). Seger has recorded many hits, including “Ramblin’ Gamblin' Man,” “Night Moves,” “Turn the Page,” “Still the Same,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Against the Wind,” “You'll Accomp’ny Me,” “Shame on the Moon,” “Like a Rock” and “Shakedown,” which was written for “Beverly Hills Cop II” (1987). Seger also co-wrote the Eagles’ No. 1 hit “Heartache Tonight” and his recording of “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the best songs of the century in 2001.

Now that’s real music.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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