OK, I started this quite a while back and then dropped the ball, but I’m going to try picking up the 30 Day Song Challenge again as a weekly project.
Song Challenge Week 17 — A Song That You Hear Often On The Radio
“How Far We’ve Come,” Matchbox 20
It’s sad, really, how long it took me to figure it out.
They went high-tech this year at Santa’s Village. To have the same Christmas music playing throughout the Village, they hooked an mp3 player up to a small radio transmitter. Boomboxes were then placed in various spots where people would be spending time. The mp3 player was, of course, filled with Christmas music. Thus, the same songs were playing everywhere, and it was a long enough mix of music that visitors weren’t going to keep hearing the same song. Ingenious.
Save that on the first or second day, I’m walking through the Village with one of the EarlyWorks managers, and we notice that the song that’s playing is definitely not Christmas music. It’s easy for a transmitter/radio combo to get out of sync, so we adjusted the dial in tiny increments until it finally went back to playing Christmas music.
The next day, same thing. Walking through, one of the radios, instead of playing Christmas music, was playing a pop song instead. This radio has a digital tuner, so it’s clearly set to the right frequency. The manager’s there again, and suggests adjusting the antenna. Apparently there’s a radio station on that frequency that the radio is picking up over our broadcast. I play with the frequency, and, sure enough, get it back on Christmas music.
The same thing happens fairly often, and it makes no sense why. Then I noticed something — it was always the same song. You’re walking along, Christmas music is going, and then all of a sudden, one of the radios is playing Matchbox 20’s “How Far We’ve Come.”
I’m just glad that I didn’t get a chance to share my theory that, for some reason, the signal of that song was particularly suited for overpowering our radio transmitter before someone told me that the song had accidentally been left on the mp3 player when the Christmas music was loaded.
On the flip side, after days of non-stop Christmas music, “How Far We’ve Come” is now the favorite song of several Santa’s Village workers for the brief break it provided.
Addendum: I hadn’t actually seen the video for this song until I was embedding it in this post just prior to posting it, and it turns out it’s all space-riffic, winning bonus points.