"Coming to your dial in April. WNSH."
Another, different bit of thunder, then Ricky, sounding considerably less ominous spoke.
"All rock, all the time. No disco, None of yer Mum's music."
Then the maniacal cackle that was all Ricky. Of course no one in Nashville knew that Ricky had his long, unruly hair in a top knot and was prancing around the booth in his underpants, arms extended, making horn hands while Robby stifled his giggles to prevent yet another take.
Rebecca figured Nashville would discover Ricky soon enough.
The next cart had ten songs, only two of which were less than a year old. Rebecca pulled the playlist from the shelf and took another look. The last thing she wanted was anyone getting the idea they were an oldies station or worse, another adult pop outfit.
- "Fly Like An Eagle" - Steve Miller Band 1976
- "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - Bachman Turner Overdrive 1974.
- "Sweet Emotion" - Aerosmith 1975
- "Life's Been Good" - Joe Walsh Okay, that one was fairly new.
- "Lido Shuffle" - Boz Skaggs 1976
- "Gimme Some Lovin'" Spencer Davis Group 1966
Wait. She dictated the list to Robby while she was still in London.
There it was on the third cart.
- "Crossroads" - Cream 1968.
She looked at the rest of the playlist as the third cart clicked off and recorded thunder rumbled over the airwaves in Nashville. There was so little on the charts that wasn't what Ricky would call "Mum's music."
Rebecca pulled the plastic sheet from the shelf behind her desk. Between the piles of binders, copies of every legal book she might need and a shrink-wrapped block of paper declaring itself to be the standards and practices of her business was The Bard. She plugged in the stereo and tuned it to WPOP. The bridge of "Sentimental Lady" wafted into the jumble that would soon be the organized chaos that was always Rebecca's office.
She stood for a moment and listened. The next song was by something named Seals and Crofts.
"Sorry, Bard," she murmured as she switched off the stereo. I'll feed you better next time.
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