Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Feeling Old

Hi Everyone. Short post tonight. Everything that I've read about blogging says that it's better to do frequent, short posts instead of really long-winded stuff. Yeah, we'll say that's why this is a short post, instead of the real reason (me = tired).

So usually about once a day something happens that makes me feel old. Usually it happens during the morning or in the middle of the day so I forget about it before blogtime. Today it happened to be the last thing I heard on the radio, and we all know how hard it is to forget the last thing you hear on the radio. So the best radio station in the indy area (WTTS - friend of the blog) has a time capsule feature where they feature a different year every day. Pretty basic stuff - here are the pop culture events of the year. Play a few songs from the year. Talk about movies that came out during said year, etc. Usually it's sort of a history lesson - something from the late 70s or early 80s...nothing that I'd really remember.  Anyway, tonight the time capsule was a bit different. The time capsule year was 1993. Most of the stuff that they were talking about and the music they were playing are things that I remember. No big deal, until I realized that if 1993 was a person, this person would be a junior in high school and would have a driver's license. Yeah, all of that stuff really happened 16 years ago. This scared me a bit because it doesn't seem like it was that long ago. And what scares me more is that the voice in my head started saying things like "it seems like it was just yesterday". I then made fun of the voice in my head for using grandpa expressions like this. Yes, I even have a smartass voice in my head that makes fun of the regular head in my voice. I should probably get that checked out. Anyway, here are some of the things that made me feel old from the 1993 time capsule:

Radiohead, Crash Test Dummies, Counting Crows, and Alanis Morissette. Not that I am a die hard fan of any of these bands, but I do remember the videos for all of their songs, and this makes me feel old. Mr. Jones would be like 50+ years old now. I can't back that up, but if he was in a bar staring at a yellow-haired girl 16 years ago, then he's not young anymore. I always pictured him being in his mid 30s when the song came out. Mostly because Adam Duritz referred to him as Mr., and anyone with that title is over 30. At least in my head. 

Philadelphia/Streets of Philadelphia. Yep, that was 16 years ago. Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks look exactly the same. Well, Hanks looks a bit better than he did at the end of that movie, but you get the point. Also, I always considered Streets of Philadelphia to be 'over the hill Springsteen.' I'm a little too young for Bruce's prime to be considered my music. I was negative 5 when Born to Run came out, and still in Kindergarten when Born in the U.S.A. and Glory Days came out, so I couldn't really claim this as my music. So yeah, Streets of Philadelphia always seemed like past his prime Boss to me. And past his prime boss was 16 years ago. And now he's back with some good music. I don't know if this should make me feel old or make me happy about Bruce's resilience. Maybe I should just stop thinking about it and enjoy his new music.

End of Cheers/Beginning of Frasier. So this one does feel like it was a long time ago, so I was okay with that. What made me feel old is that it was the kind of time capsule fact that you always hear on oldies stations. Like there's always something about I Love Lucy or Happy Days on one of those time capsules. Then they follow it up with some song from Martha and the Vandellas. Hearing that time capsule fact on my radio station about a time that I remember vividly made me feel old. It made me think that maybe the music from this era is considered oldies.

Okay, that's all for now. Lester Holt just told me that the maximum age for the MTV Rock the Vote inaugural ball is 35. That makes me feel better.


Anonymous said...

This is a short post? :)

Age isn't easy to deal with, for sure. That's why there are phrases like "older, but wiser". To make us old people feel better.

Nate said...

short by my standards. I didn't have time to write a short post, so I wrote a long one instead.

I'd prefer to be younger and wiser. Are the two mutually exclusive?

Anonymous said...

no, i don't feel "old" by any means, but i feel like with my birthday in 3 days putting me in my "mid-20's" i'm going to wake up and be 45 with 18 cats in no time (which would suck, because i'm allergic to cats). anyway, i feel you on the 90's "time capsule" type deals. i wasn't very old in the 90's, but i was very aware. (as you can imagine, when people would ask me how old i was and would answer "8", they would respond with something like "8 going on 30")i never knew exactly how to take that but okay enough tangents. BACK TO THE 90's MAKING YOU FEEL OLD. i can understand that, because in 1993 i was 8....and thinking about that being 16 years ago makes ME feel old as well. on weeknights when i work at the bar and get to choose the xm radio station that's on, i usually go with this random 90's rock station (featuring many of the bands mentioned in your blog). i love to hear karma police instead of beyonce's single ladies, but like you said...it reminds me that the 90's were not "just yesterday." even though they feel like it...

and for the record, i'm definitely younger and wiser. but i'm also very very special.