Who You Calling Oldie…


Last night I was listening to the local radio station’s…Saturday Night at the Oldies…I can’t even remember what song was playing…but…I felt light hearted…I felt young…when I was struck by the incongruity of it…listening to oldies makes me feel young…shouldn’t oldies make me feel…well…old…

Thinking I was quite brilliant…I decided to post a rhetorical question on Twitter and Facebook…why does listening to the oldies make me feel so young

I got a couple of responses…one said that it was a form of time travel…I liked that a lot…because…that’s exactly what music does…it sends us immediately to the time and place where it was meaningful…

The other one amused me…it was…you must be listening to Madonna, too…my response to her was that the music I was listening to was so old that Madonna wasn’t even in a training bra…well…that really wasn’t my response…but it’s the one I wish I’d made…so it’s what I’m writing here…

Bertha…laughed…reminding me that the conversation once again demonstrated the perspective of life…if you’re thirty-something…the lyrics of Madonna…are definitely your oldies…some of your earliest memories…when you are…hmmm…pushing sixty…not so much…

I was a young mother of two closely-spaced preschoolers when Madonna made the scene…and as her popularity rose…so did my responsibilities as a mother…and then a single mother…I remember it as an extremely busy time…in many ways…I felt older then than I do now…

But…after that little trip down memory lane…Bertha…said…it was true…listening to the oldies…does make you feel young…regardless of what you consider to be oldies

Jane

4 thoughts on “Who You Calling Oldie…

    • Joy…that’s funny…I was thinking about Pretty Woman after I wrote the post and thinking that some folks don’t realize it was ‘our’ song before it was a movie. Roy Orbison was awesome! Thanks for sharing your memory.

  1. If you want to feel old, come work with me. I told three twenty-something’s that I had heard one of my fav Beach Boys songs on the way into work. Their response (and all at the same time)….”WHO?” I’m thinking they were raised by wolves. Who doesn’t know the Beach Boys? To add insult to old age, one asked, “Were they LIKE the Beatles? I’ve heard of them.” I said, “Go back to your den.”

    • Georgia…that is so funny! All I can say is…save your grandkids…lock them in the car…take them on a drive…and crank up the oldies!

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