“Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy.”
– Louisa May Alcott –
Me: Hi, Lambert!
DJ: Hi. Who is this?
Me: It’s Del.
DJ: What can I do for you, Belle?
Me: (Great! Someone got my name wrong again. What’s new?) Can I make a request?
DJ: Yeah, sure. What is it?
Me: Shot at the Night by The Killers.*
DJ: Ok, you got it.
“Saying ‘Hi’ to Belle, who’s tuned in right now. Your song is coming up in a few minutes,” said the DJ I had talked to on the phone moments earlier. True to his word, he put on the song that I had asked him to play. The soft beats of the song’s intro gently floated in the air and brought delight to my ears.
I have actually listened to this song and have even seen its video dozens of times, but because I don’t get to hear it being played on the radio often, I want to support it and get it on the airwaves by requesting for it. I think it’s a very good song and it deserves to be heard. Besides, nothing still beats hearing a nice song on the radio after a hard day’s work.
After playing the song, the DJ then encouraged other people to make requests either by:
1) Posting on the radio station’s FB or Twitter page
2) Calling him up
I could have easily made my request online, but I decided to choose the good old-fashioned way of calling up the radio station. We may already be in the age of modern technology, but there’s still something fun in requesting for a song that would simply make your day through the telephone:
You dial the station’s number and wait.
A busy tone.
You dial again, and if luck is on your side, the DJ picks up the phone on the first ring and talks to you. You’re not on-air, but you feel shy and nervous, and you wonder how much more shy or nervous you would be if you were even put on-air for everyone to hear!
Why would anyone make song requests and even prefer to call up a radio station when one can easily listen to music through various apps and destroy the play button of YouTube? I don’t know about you, but I enjoy it, just like I like doing other “old-fashioned” things: writing on journals; sending letters or cards by post; preferring CDs to MP3s, paper books over e-books; listening to regular radio instead of internet radio, among many other things.
I don’t shun technology; in fact, I have blogs, I often use my e-mails, I have tons of MP3s, and I have listened to radio stations from other corners of the world, but I just find doing these and other things the “old-fashioned” style once in a while, appealing. They carry a more personal touch, more charm, compared to the distant approach of modern technology. I embrace technology, just not too much.
Am I too sentimental? Maybe. Nostalgic? Perhaps. What I do know is that the old school in me just likes kicking the butt of modern technology every now and then.
* Yes, I know. It’s been more than a month since The Killers Manila concert and I am still on a post-concert euphoria. What can I do? I don’t get over concerts easily!
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