Its strange how small things can integrate themselves into somebody’s life. When I got my first walkman in grade school, I would turn it on at night before I went to bed and go searching through the frequency modulated waves until I found something that caught my interest. On one Sunday evening, just after 10pm, I stumbled on something totally different than anything I had heard before… Musical Starstreams
This became a Sunday tradition for me. It would calm me down before the rest of the week began. I would almost always drift to sleep after an hour or so of listening… but the music that lulled me to sleep was the same that would fill my dreams. After some time, I began to try to remember the artist’s names or even jot them down. Thus began my interest in electronic music. Starstreams introduced me to the likes of The Orb, Enya and Enigma – MCMXC A.D. was my second CD purchase, ever. (for the curious – my first CD) I was amazed at the calming effect that Starstreams had on me. In fact, I started writing on Sunday nights for that reason alone. I even had multiple Starstreams tapes that I had recorded for times other than Sunday that I needed my fix. I soon found myself purchasing more electronic music than whatever else was popular at the time. I began introducing my friends to the show – we would sometimes sit in the room or the car, in complete silence, each taking journeys of our own. It had integrated itself into our lives… to the point that we would remind each other to listen. “Its Sunday, don’t forget about Starstreams!”
After time, it lost its importance – but I always knew it was there. Any Sunday after 10pm, I knew all I had to do was dial it in… and it would always transport me to those times, listening with my walkman under the covers in my room, or sharing with my friends.
So today, as happens ever so often, Katty and I were in the car returning home. As I reached to turn on the radio the Starstreams reminder clicked – I’m sure I let out an “ooh!”… and Katty immediately knew what I was thinking – “Your show”. In a small way, it had become a part of her Sunday too. I was a bit confused as the music was not the familiar electronic soundscape from the years past, but Jazz. My fears were confirmed when we arrived home and I checked the website:
WNUA CHICAGO – Dropped after 18 years and 4 months – 12 Feb 2006. R.I.P. 95.5fm 10pm Sun
18 years… though I am not the dedicated listener that I once was, this news has put a hole in Sunday that will never be replaced. Starstreams can be streamed on-line and as such, this will not prevent me from listening. But it will be those nights where I’m in the car, or when I’m just about to crawl in bed.. I’ll see that its after 10pm and – for a moment – I’ll be happy that I remembered, until it sinks in that Starstreams in Chicago is no longer…