Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, October 10, 2005 6:09 pm

She gets it now

Filed under: Fun,Victoria — Lex @ 6:09 pm

Victoria: Daddy, put on Radio Disney!

Me: Uh, OK.

Victoria: Daddy, it’s 1320!

Me: Yeah, on regular AM it’s 1320. But this is the satellite, so I have to look it up. (pause while we pull up at a red light and dig out the little channel card) Aha, it’s 115. punches buttons; Bowling for Soup‘s “1985” plays)

Victoria (singing along): “Springsteen, Madonna, waiting for Nirvana … ”

Me (after listening awhile): Sweetie, do you know what that song’s about?

Victoria: I have No. Idea.

Me: What do you think it’s about?

Victoria: Some woman named Blondie?

Me: Uh, no. Blondie was a group.* This song is about a woman who was in high school in 1985, and now she is grown up but she is still thinking about the music groups she listened to when she was in high school. “Springsteen” is Bruce Springsteen, who was very famous then and is still pretty famous today. Madonna is a singer who was getting very famous then and is still pretty famous today. “Waiting for Nirvana” is talking about the group Nirvana because their first really big record didn’t come out in 1985, it came out in, like, 1991. Anyway, she has two kids of her own in high school now, and the reason they tell her she’s “uncool” is that she likes the music that was popular when she was in high school and doesn’t like the music they listen to.**

Victoria: Oh.

Me: And the reason they wrote this song is that most people really do remember the music they were listening to in high school and college for the rest of their lives.

Victoria: Oh.

Me: So, you know, 30 or so years from now, when you have kids in high school, they’ll be listening to music you won’t like, and you’ll be thinking about —

Victoria: Radio Disney.

Me: Um, yeah, I guess. (pause) Sorry about that.

*I’m really showing my age here, but back before Blondie was famous, there were buttons that read, “Blondie is a group.”

**I have no idea whether any of this is right; I was just riffing on what I’d gleaned from that one single hearing. So correct me if I’m wrong.

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