For night owls like myself staying up late instills some notion of freedom: everyone else is asleep, but I'm wide awake. Lucky me. Everything gets peaceful and quiet. The world slows down. Thoughts find some lucidity.
Most people I know are morning people who enjoy getting up early and living a normal time span. At times I envy those who wake up and go to bed with the sun. Nothing like an even pitched flow to the day.
At other times I'm so glad to be a night person and feel sorry for those who miss out on the excitement of staying up late.
Movies play differently late at night.
Same goes for music.
And youtube - go down the rabbit hole and see where it leads you.
Then there is Coast to Coast with George Noory, an AM radio show that airs from 1am-5am. Started by the mysterious Art Bell in the 1990s, the long running show routinely discussed UFOs and other conspiracy theories, a sort of extension of pre-millennial X-Files paranoia.
George Noory took over in 2003 and expanded the audience of Coast to Coast. A native of Detroit, Noory brought years of experience in radio and TV to the show. Noory's topics are a dizzying variety ranging from witches and demons among us, earth changes, shadow governments, shadow people, secret moon bases, secret societies, historical mysteries, cyrpto-zoology, hollow earth, Illuminati . . .
On Friday nights Noory still devotes 2-3 hours of "Open Lines" when he takes calls on any subject. Over the years some of the calls stand out: a man claiming his entire family were werewolves, a philosopher who specialized in mirrors, terrifying ghost stories, even some moving personal stories of redemption. Stuff no one can make up. For years a supposed Christian fundamentalist known as J.C. would sometimes call in and go on hilarious rants on America's moral decay (I always figured J.C. was a fictional character).
I don't tune in as much as I did back in the mid 2000s. Maybe the show's lost some luster. Conspiracy theories and the paranormal are cliche in the even more absurd world of social media where everyone can take part in the insanity.
So if you ever have some insomnia and tune in and join the party . . .
Late Night Radio Play List
"Chase" by Giorgio Moroder
"Escape from New York" by John Carpenter
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Roadrunner" by The Modern Lovers
"96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians
"The Party" by St. Vincent
"Subterranean Homesick Alien" by Radiohead
"The Midnight Special" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"People Are Strange" by The Doors
"Nobody Told Me" by John Lennon
"Hangin' Party" by The Replacements
"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
"Shouldn't Be Ashamed" by Wilco
"Late Night Radio" by David Gray