This or That?

I’ve noticed a few things about myself since the fella’s been gone.

I like to sleep sideways on the bed.

I eat dinner later.

And I watch less television and listen to more music.

I still love television but the television doesn’t go on until later and it gets shut off earlier.  Instead of having the television on in the kitchen when I’m working in there I always have music playing.  Always.  I have satellite radio (courtesy of the fella) and during the day I usually  listen to “First Wave” which is the kind of music from the 80’s I like.  Stuff like Depeche Mode, Ramones, and Peter Murphy.  I’ll also put on the all 70’s channel which is music before my time, but for some reason I have a strong affinity for.  For some other reason, I also know the words to every single song.  All of them.  Even songs I’ve never heard before.  Weird.

At night I usually switch over to the Blues channel or the all 40’s station.  That’s the music I clean the kitchen by or conduct many of my experiments to.  Currently there’s a brick making experiment and a sourdough starter experiment going on in the kitchen.  Chances are if you walk into my kitchen on any given day there’s a different experiment taking place.  Like the Oxiclean experiment from earlier this week.

Or the secret experiment from last week that I can’t tell you about because it involves several illegal procedures, a small explosion and a troll.

So I’ve rediscovered my love of music.  It’s not that the fella didn’t like music.  He did.  He just didn’t like it as much as I do.

So here’s my question to you … what’s your first love?



Television? Or Radio?

Have a good weekend!




  1. Gina says:

    I love First Wave too! I have a theory about knowing all the words to your 70’s music. The 80’s is my decade also but growing up driving in the car with my parents listening to their music gives me stupid knowledge of all the lyrics. I know all the words to any Gordon Lightfoot song. Why do I even know who Gordon Lightfoot is? The Carpenters too. But they were just awesome.

    Btw, your blog is a gem and my coffee tastes better now that yer back!

  2. Susan Preston says:

    Radio! But I listen to CBC in the car and at home. Informative, amazing articles about world issues and entertaining! At home and at the store I am always turning to 740 am. I am stuck in the 40’s and some 50’s although that too is before my time. I love the big band sort of music. My ladies at the store constantly switch to easy listening channels when I’m not there! Tv comes on late at night before bed for an hour or so and off early. There is so little of value that I have to watch or that I’m interested in. Or I’m just too flighty to land long enough to become interested in anything. Or if I stop too long…I fall asleep!

  3. Nancy Eileen says:

    I’m a child of the 60’s and the last of 5 kids.
    My oldest sibling is 8 yrs older than me.
    Yes, music was HUGE in the 60’s & 70’s and my brothers would give me Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd, etc. albums for my birthdays.
    My brothers also played the guitar – and one was a DJ – I love music.
    If I had a past life, it was in the 40’s :)
    40’s, 60’s 70’s music…love it!
    Although my sister did get me hooked on Dar Shadows, the 60’s vampire soap opera.

  4. Diana says:

    Both! But not Radio. I like my own playlist and CDs because of the advertising and news every 2 minutes. That sucks…

  5. jane says:

    Radio. We lived in the North and did not get TV til I was a teen (then it was broadcast a week late annd no commercials, but everyone watched hockey.) Radio allows you to get out of your chair and DO something. It brings you together to listen to a certain program. You can be a lot more productive with the radio for company than you can with the TV on.

  6. karol says:

    Most definitely music. I have it on during my morning routine (VH1) then in my car on the way to work (top 40) then at work. I have thousands of songs on iTunes and listen all day while I’m working. I love all music except Rap, can’t get my head around it, but have a favorite genre which is Motown. I could live without TV, but not my music.
    I love the power music has to take you back to a moment in time you had all but forgotten. I heard a song on the radio recently that took me back to a date in 1972. It was a song by Jim Croce and my date sang it softly to me while we cuddled. Sounds romantic, right? He had been eating potato chips and drinking beer and had the most godawful breath – I almost puked. I had completely blocked that moment out of my memory until I heard the song again 40 years later.

  7. Thera says:

    Radio here as well, CBC is good as is new age, I am in love with Edith Piaf atm, so her CD usually goes one at least once a day and I just borrowed some jazz from the library, recommendations for this genre would be great, I am thinking Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald type of stuff.

  8. Megan says:

    Neither, actually. Books.
    Public radio is good to clean to, though. Or audiobooks.

  9. Jcrn says:

    First love? TV. Cartoons. Saturday mornings. But when the Beatles came along….well,come to think of it I first saw them on The Ed Sullivan show but after that the record player and radio won out.

  10. Suanne says:

    T.V. I guess, but I’m very selective in what I like. Love HGTV. NO sit-com’s or anything with “canned laughter” (except maybe I Love Lucy reruns). But that isn’t to say I don’t love music, ’cause I REALLY do….but I like to sing more than listen.
    I would like to know a little more about the “secret experement”.

  11. Janet says:

    Thanks for this Karen – I need to get back to music which really is my first love. As long as you leave Inspector Lewis out of the equation.

  12. Candice says:

    RADIO!!! I wouldn’t own a TV if it weren’t for my husband.

  13. Su says:

    Radio – first love tho was AM radio…. I was there in the 70’s…..

  14. Jean Munroe says:

    Actuallly, I love silence. My husband literally cannot live without noise, even if he has to make it up himself. But definitely music over TV. Never watch it. Sometimes stream movies on my computer.

    But silence — it is golden.

  15. Tigersmom says:

    Most definitely music. Music connects me to memories and emotions in a way that TV simply cannot.

    And music has much more power than TV at affecting my mood.

    Try playing Aretha Franklin classics like “Respect” and “Say a Little Prayer” and “Chain of Fools” while you clean. It becomes a cleaning, singing, dance workout that you may actually look forward to instead of dread.

  16. Dixie says:

    TV, I rarely listen to music…driving is an expection. On another hand my dear husband likes to have music blasting when he has it on…can it now be just a background thing?? arghhh

  17. Zoe says:

    Give me a good 80’s station and I’m there for hours. Btw – on Friday (afternoon’s Canadian time) there’s an Irish radio station, Today FM that from 7-11pm Irish time plays GREAT 80’s music. I often put it on in work as I’m wrapping up on Friday afternoon’s :) The implication being that you can stream it live!

    We just downgraded our cable – so definitely less TV, more “choice” TV and more music!

    Happy Friday :)

  18. Erica says:

    Music. But with six kids running around playing games I don’t get to listen to it add much as I’d like.

  19. ~JackieVB says:

    TV is a time sucker – I know this because I get sucked into watching the damned Real Housewives shows after which I feel like I need to bathe. But Radio is the big winner for me – I listen all the time, not just music but a couple of different podcasts too. After reading this I might even look into Satellite radio.

    • Pam'a says:

      You can listen to free on your computer and some other devices, and finetune stations to your personal taste. Very cool. :)

  20. RosieW says:

    Guess I’m the odd man out here. I listen to books on CD – two or three a week. Don’t even have a TV. When others are over, I hook up iPad to Bose and tune in Pandora Radio.

    At night, I read.


    • Ann says:

      Not the odd man, Rosie. I love audio books. I joined and get 2 books a month for the membership fee. Plus I buy many more on sale. But it is getting expensive so I am having to ration myself more. I do listen as I am falling asleep and often have to back back up the next night and relisten to many chapters that I was sleeping thru the night before.

      But during the summer the TV rarely gets turned on by me. During the winter tho, we have several favorite shows that must be watched. Honestly, TV has gone full circle this past year and some really great shows have come around. The Americans for one. Best written show ever. Dexter is in its last season but it is the 2nd best show ever written!! But there are others and well worth the sitting down and watching effort.

      • RosieW says:

        Ann, can’t you get books on audio at your library? I usually get six or seven at a time – great selection available and I can also request any I want. Can’t imagine paying for them.

        Know there’s some good TV available – or so I hear. May get a TV some day. Meanwhile will ask a friend to record The Americans and Dexter so I can enjoy. Thanks for the recommendations.


  21. Laura Bee says:

    Radio. I have lived without tv. I could do it again. Music is one of my needs in life.

  22. Mary says:

    I like both, but don’t you dare turn the TV on at noon on Sunday. That’s when the Vinyl Cafe is on. Fav album at the moment is the Best of Ella Fitzgerald. TV gets turned on midweek for Master Chef and America’s got Talent.

  23. Linda J Howes says:

    Radio – mostly CBC, since I was a child, oh so long ago. Also, I LOVE books on audio. It’s like being able to read and do stuff at the same time!

  24. Dagmar says:

    My fella lives in the IT world, which by default means I live in the IT world. Everyday, and I mean EVERYday some form of computer device connected to the television system (that in our home looks more like twenty devices with a bunch of twinkling lights) break down. So every day, I curse and hate the tv more and more, and return to music to soothe the fact that the tv is too heavy and waaaaay too large to throw out the window. Never mind that it would take me a week to disconnect it from the other devices first.

  25. Susan R says:

    Radio. But only talk: NPR, BBC

    It made me laugh when you said 70’s music was before your time, Karen. You sound like such a grown-up, I keep forgetting you’re a young whippersnapper.

  26. Emily says:

    Music for sure! And I also like to sleep sideways in bed. Or upside down.

  27. kathe says:

    Radio,CBC,I have sat in my car so many times waiting for an interview or comedy bit to be over,also have done alot of house/home projects listening to As It Happens.

  28. Judy D. says:

    I love listening to music. I’m an Elvis fan and have many CDs of his. If I’m not listening to him, I’ll listen to Country.

  29. Sia says:

    Use to be a music addict… Then I moved abroad and had no radio/cd player or computer, and barely a good signal in the car… So I turned into a tv person…
    Now, with a 5 and 3 year old, I opt for SILENCE when I’m alone.

    • Melissa says:

      I understand the need for quiet downtime ^_^ Lately after my kids go to bed, I watch Grey’s Anatomy. (Man, is that a soap opera.) But it’s also an easy show to fold laundry to!

  30. Carey says:

    Geez, if I HAD to choose, I think I’d choose radio or music over tv. But damn, I sure would miss Sienfeld! Haha!

  31. Lea Studebaker says:

    Definitely music, like you I’m pretty sure there’s not a 70’s or 80’s song I don’t know all the words to and I am 26 so there is no reason I should lol

  32. Sue says:

    Music. If I never saw TV again, I think I’d be ok, but I would be lost if I didn’t have music!! :)

  33. Adrienne says:

    My tv died years ago and I don’t miss it or the cable bill. I’m so much more productive without its time sucking capabilities. I am an NPR addict now though.

    Yay for Depeche mode and Peter Murphy!

    (And good for you for not sticking to one side of the bed.)

  34. Neither. Reading has always been my first love. How else would I know that you’ve been doing illegal experiments involving explosions and trolls. :)

  35. shauna says:

    capital M music – I don’t even own a TV. I was singing as soon as I could make goo goo noises and danced around my parents living room to everything from Swan Lake, to My Fair Lady to Joan Baez (hard to dance to!) to the Black Watch bagpipers! So yeah, I don’t miss TV but I need my music. : )

  36. Chris says:

    We got rid of our satellite four years ago and I haven’t missed it. We still watch about 4-6 hours of TV a week.

    • Chris says:

      To answer your question if it’s just me I prefer nothing on, if the hubby is home the music has to be on even if he’s not in the room.

  37. Susan Dulley says:

    I have not actually watched television for almost 8 years. When they came out with that box, I decided that it was ugly and did not want it in my house. Seriously, I own quite a collection of VCR’s and DVD’s that I love. I do not have the television on when I am not watching it, nor do I leave the television on when I sleep and I do not fall asleep to the sound of the television. When I want to be entertained, I select a movie, I have them from almost every genre’, and watch it. If not, I listen to music, depending on my mood. I read quite often before I go to bed. TV, with the exception of the BBC Channels is not what it used to be. BBC entertains, takes us back to another place in time, or simply makes me laugh. The programing is most often very good quality. So…as for my choice, I would have to say both. Neither is more important to me than the other, but both provide entertainment, relaxation and pleasure. Only Winners here.

  38. Jessica says:

    Music definitely. I remember falling asleep to the oldies station every night as a kid.

  39. Rachel says:

    Music. All kinds of music. 70s to current. Music fills your soul in a way that TV just can’t. Or maybe that’s just the B&B I’m drinking.

  40. Bre Quantrill says:

    Music. Always.

  41. motherhen says:

    TV is an assault and insult to the human brain.
    I began listening to CBC radio after catching bits on the the AM radio in my chicken coop – that’s right, my girls were more up to date on current affairs than me! An old farmer told me a radio in the coop deters predators, let’s hope they don’t decide TV leads to better egg production.

    • Kelly says:

      Most TV is an insult to the human brain, just like most radio is an insult and an assault too (just listen to Virgin radio for an instant and tell me it isn’t.) Then again, I think most people are an insult and assault to the human brain, too and would just as soon the majority kept a BIG distance.
      But there is the occasional gem in each of radio, TV and the general population that you just can’t deny. I’m enjoying The Newsroom on TV right now and it’s smart and funny AND informative.

  42. Sheri braaksma says:

    Definitely music though generally iPod not radio. Same thing for me when I found myself single again – way more music much less TV. Not a bad thing :)

  43. Alisha says:

    Music. Always music. It can go wherever you go! TV can’t :) I love all kinds from classic love songs, 80’s, to metal, hard rock, punk and Lady Gaga. She gets a category all her own.

  44. Chris says:

    Music! I got my first record player when I was 8 years old. It was the ones that looked like a suitcase. That thing was great.

  45. Maureen says:

    Most definitely music! I got a radio as a Christmas present in the 2nd grade. I had older siblings, so I also love and know all the lyrics to 70s music. My dad only listened to music from the 40s. So our satellite stations are the same…except I often switch to bluegrass (only when it’s upbeat & happy, though.)

  46. Jennifer says:

    Music. Classical as background music, Big Band as cleaning music, local college radio station for jazz and a little bit of everything in the evening. That’s my first love, but I have been know to binge-watch TV series (Dexter) too.

  47. qtpuh2tme says:

    Music. Definitely. ~:)

    • Barbara says:

      CBC Radio in the morning; TV in the afternoon…I don’t like to discriminate! he*he*he* Glad things are looking up for you Karen—yup, music cures everything! ;-)

  48. Valerie says:

    Radio…mostly CBC – FM in the morning. In the evening no TV or Radio mostly Discs which I own – jazz and/or new age music. I don’t mind listening to discs over and over again which I have collected through the years. Before I retire for the night I hit all the sites on the internet I follow.

  49. TC says:

    Definitely radio. I’m a music addict. Yaaaay to 80’s music!

  50. Marti says:

    TV. I’m more of a visual person. Or I’m just plain shallow.

    Nahhhhh. That couldn’t be it.

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