9:40: We’re live!
9:41: Beginning with “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The version with Kenny and Tim.
9:41: Ever the contrarian, I prefer the Tracy Lawrence solo version.
9:42: Especially with how clumsy Chesney’s vocal sounds next to Tracy’s… and even Tim’s.
9:43: They’re talking about Tracy deep-frying turkeys for Thanksgiving.
9:44: Now talking about the Giants. Did something happen with them recently?
9:44: Commercial time, but not before a teaser for upcoming songs by Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts. Personally, I can’t wait!
9:46: Commercials for doctors, grocery stores…
9:46: Whatever happened to non-annoying radio commercials? They find people with the worst voices.
9:47: Laser-assisted body contouring! That’s the ticket. But why’s it called “laser-assisted” if a laser zaps fat off of you? That sounds like more than an assist. In fact, it sounds like the laser is doing the grunt work. They should call it person-assisted body contouring.
9:47: “Say goodbye to your love handles or bra roll.” Bra roll? Hmm.
9:48: I guess I can’t complain about ads for becoming a Secret Santa to foster kids.
9:50: Carl’s Jr. (aka Hardee’s, for you unlucky non-westerners) chicken tenders get their own ad. When you’re not in the mood for beef, try chicken. Not in the mood for beef OR chicken? Socialist.
9:50: Whew, back to music.
9:51: It’s Darius Rucker with the grammatically dubious “Alright.”
9:51: Things I Wonder About: If he says he don’t got no Dom Pérignon… but pronounces its name correctly… how does that affect his everyman credibility?
9:52: (Not actually sure he pronounced it correctly, but it sounded right.)
9:53: I’m glad poor Darius finds such contentment in simple things.
9:55: Rascal Flatts song introduced by Gary. He pronounces his last name La Vocks? I assumed it was Le Vo. La Vocks is sure an inelegant way of pronouncing a fancy-pants name.
9:55: Anyway, the song is “Unstoppable.”
9:55: Much as I wish it weren’t. Ba dum bum.
9:56: Have they concluded their never-ending celebration of their 10th anniversary yet? Too much back-slapping.
9:57: I think it’ll end soon… the song, I mean. Or possibly my will to live. Something’s gotta give.
9:58: Brad Paisley now. “Anything Like Me.”
9:58: He’s gonna be on Letterman tonight, they tell me.
9:59: I remember when I was pretty keen on Paisley’s sense of humor. Then it started getting tiresome.
9:59: Case in point: The naming of his just-released hits collection and upcoming book. Hits Alive? The Diary of a Player? We get it. You think you’re pretty clever. Ease up a bit, pal.
9:59: But I digress. This song is decent enough.
10:00: Certainly better than “Water,” anyway.
10:02: “Mississippi Girl” now. Haven’t heard this one in a while.
10:03: Turns out, “Mississippi Girl” or not, Faith Hill is unable to sustain our interest for any length of time.
10:03: Somewhat of a shame. Wanted to see “Dearly Beloved” off of this album released to radio.
10:04: Ugh, just remembered that John Rich was involved with this one. That does sour it a bit.
10:05: Is John Rich still having hits, or cuts, as a songwriter?
10:05: He’s been pretty quiet lately. Even through an election season… very unlike him.
10:05: For a while there, everyone was singing his songs.
10:06: Justin Moore and “How I Got to Be This Way.” About half of his songs seem to bug me, but I saw him live… at Golf & Guitars, shout-out to That Nashville Sound… and he’s a pretty dynamic performer.
10:08: Why so much music?
10:08: Now it’s…
10:09: “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.
10:09: OMG, Taylor is gonna flip.
10:10: I think I heard a steel guitar way back there somewhere. Possibly just my imagination.
10:11: Moderately disappointed by lack of radio release for “Someday When I Stop Loving You.” Only moderately because I have trouble getting too worked up over anything Carrie-related.
10:11: Okay, that’s 30 minutes. I did my time.
10:12: Let’s call it a live blog.
9:40: We’re live!