Friday, May 18, 2012

I'm Not Old, Am I?

Yesterday I said to my 21 year old son and his girlfriend, "Isn't it sad about Donna Summer"?  And they both said, "Who?"  I was appalled that they didn't know who the great Donna Summer was and I knew I had to school them!   I got my iphone and started playing "Last Dance" for them, knowing they would surely recognize it and love it as I do.   Nada.  Never heard of it.  "On the Radio" - - ditto.  Never heard of it.  I felt so old. 

So, I played a couple of other songs I have on my phone to see if they'd heard of them . . . "I'll Stand By You" by the Pretenders.   Yes, they had heard that.   But didn't know who the Pretenders were.  Oh brother.    And then one of my all-time favorites, "Landslide" by the one and only Stevie Nicks.   They knew that song, but they knew it by different artists - Dixie Chicks, Smashing Pumpkins.   And I'm like - - NO!  Stevie Nicks is the original and best - - she WROTE this song!  And my son said "She wasn't the first one to sing this song."   And I'm like, "Yes, she was!"    He's like, "No, she wasn't."  Then he starts looking up on his iphone . . . and says, "Ah ha!   Fleetwood Mac recorded that song first!"   Dude!!   Stevie Nicks IS Fleetwood Mac!!     "Oh."


I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm, mmm, mmm

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too
Oh, I'm getting older too

Awh, take my love, take it down
Awh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide bring it down

And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide bring it down
Oh, the landslide bring it down


They don't write lyrics like that anymore!



 

42 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how many times my students have tried to correct me when they play a song and I tell them that it is a remake or a sample. They think everything is original.

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    1. My son was certain Stevie Nicks had nothing to do with the song :)

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  2. It' just that old saying, "everything old is new again" coming to life before our eyes. We can just smile and nod because we know, we know.

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    1. That's probably the best attitude - just smile and nod :)

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  3. My husband had CCR on a CD some years ago now. He was playing it in a vehicle with younger people on board. They all thought the music was great and wanted to know what band or group it was. He told them it was Credence Clearwater Revival and it was like some grand new thing. Good stuff never goes out of style. Kind of like us!

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    1. Love CCR! I'm going to be singing "Down on the Corner" the rest of the day!

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  4. kids today .. they missed out on some of the best music ever

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  5. I love that song. But now I am going to have it in my head all day. :)

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    1. Sorry, but it's a great song to be in your head all day :)

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  6. Great song! I'm looking forward to this conversation with my own kids someday. Right now they say they love my music; let's see if they remember it in a few years. ;)

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  7. My kids have done this too. I do think it's funny that Elvis Presley's "Fools Rush In" is my youngest grandson's favorite song. He is eighteen months old. :) I agree those were the day's of real music.

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    1. Cute! Your 18 month old grandson and Elvis :)

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  8. I played Landside non-stop with my first pregnancy. The recipient of such awesome music now blanches every time it comes on. "THIS SONG again??"

    Stupid kids.

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  9. Dear Lord, my daughter knows Stevie Nicks. That is a great song. She didn't know Donna Summer though. I can't think of the song right now, but it was a song originally done by Alice Cooper and some girl remade it and it is just awful. Kiddo thinks it's better. Kids!

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  10. I like that song of Stevie Nicks; I agree, one of the best songs ever written!! We aren't old indeed, but I do remember Donna Summer,hearing her songs being popular on the radio at the time, etc. Son came home the other day with limes from the store (he likes to juice veggies) and because they were 10 for $1.00 he bought ten of them, so naturally he thought he needed to buy Corona beer to help use up some of the limes (he's 23). Anyway, I was telling him about the song "Put the lime in the coconut and eat it all up" which he of course had never heard about. He sort of just looked at me.........

    enjoy the weekend!

    betty

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    1. Betty! "Put the lime in the coconut" is going to be going through my brain now :)

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  11. Oh my! They need a music lesson and quick! This must be fixed!

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    1. I definitely gave my son and his girlfriend a music lesson!

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  12. I've been singing Last Dance all day.
    The worst for me was a few years ago when I mentioned Donny Osmond and my kids didn't know who he is. Sacrilege!

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    1. That IS sacrilege! So many girls were in love with him! Probably still are :)

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    1. I don't know of any of these singers y'all speak of ... so .. I'm just going to tiptoe out of the room before I give everybody heart attacks...

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  14. Oh, thank goodness you discovered and corrected this disability now, before he has children of his own! (-:
    Good job, girl!

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    1. That's what us moms do, right?!

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  15. Judy...thank you so much for popping by my Blog! So lovely to meet you!!

    Following you now also!

    LuLu~*xoxo

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  16. WOW! I'm shocked, and feeling old myself. Even though "Kids these days" weren't around for Donna Summer, I thought they would recognize the song. You are right. They don't write songs like those anymore...and Fleetwood Mac was SO MUCH BETTER than Dixie Chicks!!!

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    1. Totally agree, Heather! Fleetwood Mac rocks!

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  17. The BEST, WORST question I heard that made me feel old was when my older son asked me, when he was younger, "Mom, is it true that Paul McCartney had a band before WINGS?" ARGHGHGHGHGHGHGH! I can't STAND it!

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    1. Oh, that made me laugh AND cry :)

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  18. I love that song! Although, I love the Dixie Chicks version. Might be due to the fact that my daughter had that album and played it nonstop. I could either love it or go crazy and I picked love it!

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    1. Whatever it takes to survive, Michelle :)

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  19. Makes you feel a tad old doesn't it. I so hate that. Love, love, love that song.

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  20. Landslide is one of the greats. But I'll tell you a shocker-- I saw it listed on the AARP website today as one of the all time great Boomer songs. Uh-oh. :)

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  21. This is the kind of thing that absolutely kills me. I am beginning to think that there ought to be a POP CULTURE class in school. It could be an arts class like drama or music. And a prerequisite for anyone who wants to major in the aforementioned in college. However, I think all kids would benefit from it and actually find it interesting. Plus, they wouldn't make their parents INSANE. Loved the comment above about McCartney being in a band before Wings... That would have sent me straight to YouTube for at least a two hour lesson on the Best of The Beatles. Perhaps not the best strategy. But seriously...

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