I've written before about NPR, the US version of the BBC, roughly equivalent to BBC Radio 4. In addition there are two other stations I listen to regularly when I am in Oregon. One is KBPS, 89.9 FM, the classical music station. Entirely based on voluntary subscriptions, it plays classical music twenty-four hours a day, mostly recordings, introduced by competent, easy-on-the-ear disc jockeys. The most popular one is an Englishman, Edmund Stone.
This evening being Rosh Hoshana, the focus is on sacred Jewish music. Some of the music resembles the Gregorian chants we hear in our cathedrals in England. More surprising is that the interspersed Psalm and Old Testament readings have been taken from the King James translation of the Bible, published in England in 1611.
The other station that I enjoy is 750 AM. The AM stations have a reputation for appealing to a low-brow audience. Red-necks, as my daughter would say. But this is where you hear the pulse of the people. Talk radio is an American phenomenon, which, together with blogging, is changing the political landscape here. Much feistier than Talk Sport, it is more outspoken than any political commentary in Britain. I will say more about this soon.
The musical celebration has turned to the origin of the world and praise for the Creator. It is sad music at the moment, as if the burden of being created were too much sometimes for us to bear. But quickly the music becomes hopeful, and turns to praise. I forget sometimes to give praise and thanks.