Monday, August 23, 2010

Is It Retro Already?

When I was a little girl, say around eight or so, I loved listening to my parents' old 45's.  Do any of you remember those really small records that played just one song on each side?  Usually, it was a hit song on one side and then a lesser known song by the same artist on the other side, commonly referred to as the "B side."

I had my very own record player and I would spend hours in my room listening to those records.  My parents had them stored in a really cool dark green box especially made for cataloging this very kind of record.  Among my favorites were The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown", "Twistin' USA" by Chubby Checker and who can ever forget Elvis singing "Hunka Burnin' Love?!"

There were times I thought for sure I should have been born a generation earlier.  How I longed to grow up in the days of poodle skirts and saddle shoes.  I loved watching reruns of "Happy Days" and "LaVerne and Shirley."

While we were on vacation last month, we had free WiFi at the condo we rented.  Kevin had long ago downloaded a free app to my iPod that will play the top 100 songs from whatever year you request.  One night, I decided to pull up that app and see what kind of trip down memory lane I could come up with.  I naturally first go to 1988, the year I graduated from high school.  There was the typical Bon Jovi, Backstreet Boys and Aerosmith music, among some others that I would just as soon forget.  Then I did Kevin's year.  Some of those songs should have never been recorded!  But it was worth some laughs. 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago.  As a joke, Kevin reserved a CD for me from the library that had a bunch of songs from our college years at Ohio State.  The kids and I stopped at the library one day and I picked up the CD.  I popped it in the player when the kids and I got in the van.  My kids were bopping to the music as though it were something new!  There were a few songs, however, that made me cringe a bit and I hoped my children's sweet little ears didn't understand what Tone Loc was talking about when he sang "Funky Cold Medina!"

Now my kids can't get enough of this "old" music of mine!  The other day, we're driving along in silence and from the backseat, Jenna asks if I'll turn on the radio.  Then she asks if I'll play that CD from the library. 

Then Owen, in all seriousness adds, "Yeh, play "U Can't Touch This."

Owen, this one's for you...

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