KZSC now regularly wakes me up in the morning. Last Sunday it was lessons in meditation. “One. *pause* Lighten. *pause* The. *pause* Heart. *pause* Two. *pause*…” During the week I get an hour of music until the 8 AM news roll at which point I’m sufficently depressed by the world that I get up and attempt to do something about it. However, in the hour between I get some great tunes, unique songs that I can imagine (from my little known DJ days at UA), are just the random pull of the morning from the vast shelves of 8-track, vinyl, cassette, compact disc, and digital. But then again, sometimes the songs are masterfully included into the morning theme, crushing my perception of absolute amateur hour and rousing a standing ovation of one, celebrating the resounding radio-DJ’s success.
The jury is still out on Monday’s DJ-skillz, but one point goes to the speaker for introducing the listener to the Panhandle Shuffle. It reminded me of UncleJ’s guitar geography lessons, adapted from other fun hits. Of course rhyming Atlanta with Montana is easy stuff compared to the collection of localities Country Classic Music-Man presents in his tale of the American Southern-Midwest (if that place really does exist). As the first track on the Country Classics album, it’s a good starter, but don’t stop after one. Country Classics, released just last year in 2011, is an exemplary artist compilation album, consisting of 27 songs from the artist, many of which are fun old-timey toe-tappers about the girl, the work, and the gosh-darned alarm clock.