February 13, 2008


My friend here has a 19 year old son. I was alone with him for a while at their house yesterday and, not knowing what else to talk about, I asked him about music. We began trading favorite songs and bands. He knows all the new stuff -- he knew of Weezer because of "Beverly Hills" but didn't know the blue album, for heaven's sake -- and none of the old. Shoot, he was born in 1989; I loved hearing the question, "What is Styx?" (In all fairness, my husband reminded me that Styx is even before my time; I have my dad to thank.) He taught me some new bands and I filled him in on some old and some esoteric; he now knows what alt-country is (he liked the Jayhawks and Wilco, but Uncle Tupelo was "too twangy" for him). And I confessed that I had indeed been to a Snoop Dogg concert; I think that solidified my coolness.

You know, my new cell phone is also a music player, but I have no idea how to use it yet. I also don't listen to music like I used to. When I was in France, I practically wore out my cassette walkman. Riding the bus all over that town, I was constantly in my own little world of music. I don't do that anymore, I don't walk through the world with headphones on.

But talking to this kid yesterday, I have taken a second look at my CD collection with fresh eyes. I have pulled out stuff I haven't listened to in years. And it takes me back...

It also makes me want to spend more time with this kid. I could show him Seu Jorge and Jude. And let him listen to "Come Sail Away."

Man, I remember vividly the first time I listened to "Come Sail Away."

Posted by Sarah at February 13, 2008 02:23 PM | TrackBack

“My friend here has a 19 year old son. I was alone with him for a while at their house yesterday and…”

Whoa, for a second there I thought on was on the wrong blog.

Anyways, besides AM talk radio I only listen to new stuff known as alternative music, on a non-commercial station. The best part is they’re on the internet. Some of it sucks, but the best part is it’s on the web-for free! Also, New Age Wednesday on Wed. morning with all the old 80’s stuff is killer.

Btw, may I suggest some Cake, (no not the food), a great band.

I couldn’t link the station, something about “Your comment could not be submitted due to questionable content:” which is odd, but anyways, try searching: wber

Posted by: tim at February 14, 2008 11:30 AM

Tim -- Cake is good too! Good suggestion.

Posted by: Sarah at February 14, 2008 01:03 PM

Cartman's is the only version of Come Sail Away my brain ever hears now.

Posted by: Beth at February 15, 2008 09:27 PM