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.