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Back in Time

I’m alive and well and still living in the suburbs.  I’ve had some ups and downs since my last post, but lately I’ve had some down times, but that’s another post altogether.  This is a much happier post. 

Last night, my husband was digitally converting his record albums.  (Kiddies, that was a piece of vinyl that preceded .mp3s and even cds!)  So, we were listening to Bruce Cockburn.  And, Tom read out loud, “Hey, Bruce Cockburn wrote and sang the “Franklin” theme song.”  I said, “I doubt that.  This guy doesn’t seem the “Franklin” type.  Where are you getting that?  Wikipedia?”  He admitted he was.  I scoffed and started my own search.

I googled “Franklin theme song” and, of course, youtube had it.  Sure enough, the guy singing sounded just like Bruce Cockburn.  Who knew?  

Mark was across the hall, heard it and came running in and slid right next to me with this big grin on his face and said, “FRANKLIN!”  So, we watched and listened again.  Mark said, “I always liked Fox.”  I said, “You know, that always bugged me about this show.  How come Franklin is the only one that wears clothes?  And how come Franklin is named “Franklin,” but everyone else has names like “Fox,” “Bear,” “Snail,” and “Beaver”?”  We laughed and laughed.  Next to the youtube video, there was a link to “Bear in the Big Blue House.”  Mark and I got excited and clicked on it.  Tom said, “Oh, is that “Little Bear”?”  Mark and I rolled our eyes.  Like “Little Bear” was even like “Bear in the Big Blue House!”  Please.  We kept looking up old Nick Jr shows, and giggling and “oh, I loved this show”-ing. 

We were obviously not helping Tom enjoy his album, so we went across the hall to Mark’s room to watch and listen to more.  We had such a great time.  We even got into giggle fits watching them in different languages. 

As his bed time neared, I found myself wishing that it wouldn’t come.  I wanted time to stand still just for a few more moments.  I was sitting next to my soon-to-be 13 year old and having such a great time.  Sharing a moment that I truly feel we will look back and remember.  He really wanted to be with me.  I realized that this will not always be the case.  In the near future, I will be such a dork instead of kooky and fun.

But, for now I’m his kooky, fun mom who is more than happy to spend an hour giggling and reminiscing.  And hopefully making more memories for us to share 13 more years down the road.

Welcome to the 21st Century

I just realized the other day when I was at the mall, (I hardly ever go there.  Never have cared for the mall-scene) that there are no record stores any more.  No Camelot Music, no Record Bar, and Peaches is long gone. (remember the crates?  I had one for cassettes and still regret not buying one for my albums.)

Our kids will never know what it was like to go into a store, hear some music, and ask what was playing.  They’ll never pick up a cd or (gasp) and album, turn it over to look at the songs, put it back, pick up another and spend hours scanning the record bins.  To look through the posters in the back of your favorite bands.  To check out the latest T-shirts.

Sure, they can do that at Target, Wal-Mart, and yes, even Best Buy.  But is that really the same?  The record store was strictly for music lovers.  Even a place to flirt with someone who had the same taste in music as you did.  (Mom, you can pick your jaw up now.)

I really wonder how many people even buy cds anymore.  I don’t.  I download a song that I like instead of buying a whole cd for one song.  Oops.  I take that back.  I do buy Contemporary Christian cds.  I try to keep up with those songs for my gig as a drummer at church.  (hee hee.  gig.) 

Another thing I find funny, on a related topic, is that when I was a kid, people made fun of K-tel records.  Remember those?  They had a variety of songs on them from various artists.  (the REAL artists, not cover bands) I own several, actually.  Thanks to my Uncle Jer, who loves to listen to music even more than I do.  He’d get me one every Christmas and birthday, I think.  They had great titles:  Rock Power, Sound Explosion, and High Voltage!  All the songs on the albums (probably 10 on each side) were top hits.  And, the price was significantly cheaper than buying each single separately.  Plus, it introduced me to new songs.  If it hadn’t been for K-Tel, I never would have heard “China Grove.”

My point here is that these days, no one makes fun of the “Now” cds.  They are top-sellers almost every time they come out with a new one.  My kids have a couple.  I buy the “Wow” cds (Contemporary Christian’s year’s best compilation) every year.  So, why did K-tel get snubbed?  Even most record collectors today laugh at them, even though a K-tel album may get more than $100 on eBay.

I guess I was just feeling nostalgic today.  My husband and I have taken it upon ourselves to introduce our kids to the movies and music that we loved when we were younger.  And, I’m happy to say that my daughter had her cd player cranked up while playing “The Rubberband Man” and “Billy Don’t Be a Hero.”  Ah, those were the days.

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