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Radio Twentysomething

Michael Raphael

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Megan Chaney in front of the Sydney Opera House
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Bill Radke: Megan, are you a twentysomething?

Megan Chaney: I am, in fact.

Tell us how this is the soundtrack to your weekend.

You know, as a twentysomething, this song really speaks to me. Especially at the beginning. I am an English major at Cal State Fullerton, and I'm going to be graduating in May. But the problem is, that I'm an English major. And the question I get asked most frequently is, "What are you going to do with that?" I think a lot on the weekends about where am I going to go with life, what am I going to do. Where can I go in general? And this song poses a lot of possibilities, and doesn't really give any answers, which is something that I kind of feel the same way about.

You don't have the answers?

Not yet. Hopefully I'll find them by May.

How do you listen to this song?

You can't help but tap your foot. But I'm also doing a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do. And maybe I'm looking on the internet, on Monster, for jobs with people with English degrees. I can write well. I have good comprehension.

You know, it sounds to me like Jamie Cullum is poking fun at twentysomethings. "I could work for the poor, though I'm hungry for fame. We all seem so different but we're just the same. I don't want to get up, just let me lie in. Leave me alone ... " Are you gently mocking yourself?

I think maybe it's more making fun of people prodding us. There is so much that we can do. And just give me a minute and let me pick what I want to do. You know, I want to sleep in. Just let me do it, for crying out loud.

You feel like we're breathing down your neck a little, Megan?

A little bit, a little bit.

Yeah, you know, when I was your age, Megan, I didn't have all these options. I had to take over my father's worm farm.

I'm so sorry.

And that's completely not true. But I just feel like, as your elder, that's what I have to say to you. Why are you twentysomethings that way, Megan? Speak for your entire generation.

I think my parents did a great job raising me, and telling me that I could be anything I want to do. And I don't think it was a disservice, because I think it's made me be creative and have a lot of fun. But I also think that it has left me in this quandary of what can I do? Which is, because I can do anything, what will I do?

As a new parent, I'm writing this down, Megan.

I hope it will be helpful in the future.

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    Barretto's Way
    Artist: Hans Glawisching
    CD: Panorama (Sunnyside)
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