One Reporter's Ramblings: My faith in humanity was restored

My faith in humanity was restored this morning.

No, I didn’t witness a selfless act of kindness or heroism. 

My faith in humanity was restored because listeners requested Depeche Mode and The Bee Gees on JACK FM.

I guess my bar might be a little low. Let me restart.

Recently, I’ve taken to listening to the 7:20 game on JACK FM. Every weekday morning, they allow the audience to request any song, provided the first letter of its title is the same as the last letter in the title of the song before it.

This morning, Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” was followed by The Bee Gees’ “Night Fever.”

I don’t particularly love “Night Fever.” What made me happy is that the audience was thinking outside the box in its requests and putting some variety into the programming.

This variety has made for some fun listening on the way to work on the days that listeners play the game right. 

You may ask how the game can be played wrong. I consider requests for three Blondie songs in a row playing the game wrong.

This happened last week and I had lost all faith in the creativity and tastes of my fellow human beings.

Fortunately, we had some Oingo Boingo later on and it turned my mood around.

This column may sound simplistic but I encourage everyone to find their own 7:20 game because it makes the morning more enjoyable and can improve your mood for the rest of the day.

I know plenty of people who have desk calendars with words or cartoons of the day allowing for a quick fact or chuckle as they begin their morning.

I also recommend “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader,” which has published many editions of short informative stories in annual collections and  a variety of subjects. 

Those who are tech savvy may have happened across Youtube shows like “Good Mythical Morning,” which publishes short videos of unique lists and crazy challenges on every weekday morning.

All of these can make for a pleasant way to start the day and I recommend them to anyone interested.

I mainly just encourage people to add something to their morning routine to pick their spirits up and make them ready for whatever the day brings. 
Paul Gaudette is a staff writer at the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and

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