Busted By My Playlist
by CJ Lyons
I live in a rural area and anytime I go for a long drive I often have to rely on my mp3 instead of car radio. Which is fun because I throw my songs on there, hit shuffle, and off we go…at least that's how it's supposed to work.
Twice in the last month I got busted by my playlist.
You see, I like kickass rock n' roll. Doesn't matter if it's old or new as long as it has attitude. Which makes for some rather un-politically correct, not safe for work, non-kid-or old folk-friendly choices.
And since I keep my mp3 on shuffle, I never know what's gonna come out of the speakers next. It could be Led Zeppelin or the Stones or Buck Cherry doing the "dirty" version of Crazy Bitch.
Yeah, crank that over your speakers as you drive into the courthouse parking lot, ready to report for jury duty. Then park between a sheriff's cruiser and a Cadillac that probably belongs to a lawyer or judge.
Worse? Forget the sunroof is open and sing along at the top of your lungs.
(If you don't know the song, practically every other word is the F-bomb.)
Those dirty looks were nothing compared to the tongue-lashing one of my friends gave me as we were driving together and Nickelback's Something in your Mouth came on.
(yes, THAT is what the song's about…one of Nickelback's favorite themes)
She's a true blue feminist and felt my choice in music was a betrayal of the cause, setting back women's rights fifty years.
I had no defense other than, "it's got a good beat."
"Not as bad as their Figured You Out."
She hit the fast forward button. Saving Abel, The Sex is Good. Scowled at me, hit it again.
Saved by the Stones, Sympathy for the Devil.
I relaxed, steered the conversation to a safe place. Of course that's when Puddle of Mud's Control came on.
Otherwise known as the "smack your ass" song.
What can I say? I gave up, and sang along. Heck, if you're gonna be busted by your playlist, you might as well have fun doing it.
So you tell me, when has your choice in pop culture led to you being busted?
C'mon, you know what I mean--that hidden DVD with the best of Gilligan's Island, the tattered, well-read copy of Mad magazine, the Sonny and Cher album you can't bear to part with….
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. In addition to being an award-winning, New York Times Bestseller, CJ is a nationally known presenter and keynote speaker.
CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday).
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