When My Music Becomes Old People’s Music

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 11 May 2015 @ 10:11 pm


The local radio stations must have decreed that today would be an 80’s soundtrack day.

(Which is to say it was a great music day!)

“Circle in the Sand” — Belinda Carlisle
“Red, Red Wine” — UB40 cover
“”Don’t Get Me Wrong” — The Pretenders

I was singing in my car all day long. Every song brought me right back to a specific time and/or place.

In the car tonight, Madonna’s “Lucky Star” came on the radio.

“Ah, 1983,” I said.
“Who IS this?” Lilly asked.
“Madonna. This was from her debut album.”
“Is Madonna still alive?” she asked.
“How old is she?”
“She must be in her late fifties,” I answered.
“She is old.”

And so it begins.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Arleen Baskin 12 May 2015 @ 12:04 am at 12:04 am

Love it! We took the boys to see Retrofest: An evening at Madame Wong’s at Huntington Beach High School’s APA. We, Mark and I enjoyed going back in time, the boys said they had a good time even tho they weren’t sure about the music.


2 Stephen Einstein 12 May 2015 @ 1:56 am at 1:56 am

That’s one reason why I stick with Mozart. When the kids say, “that’s really old,” it doesn’t make me feel particularly old. He DID live a long time ago.


3 Ellen Henak 12 May 2015 @ 11:41 am at 11:41 am

And it doesn’t end there. Sigh.


4 Nina 13 May 2015 @ 7:14 am at 7:14 am

I love every song listed here.

Also love your dad’s comment, of course!


5 Cynthia 28 July 2015 @ 9:39 am at 9:39 am

UB40’s “Red, Red Wine” doesn’t hold a candle to Neil Diamond’s original. 🙂


6 Melissa A 20 August 2015 @ 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm

Listening to an 80s station on Pandora right now. I was also baking challah to 80s music last night. I love telling my kids about the music I grew up with. 🙂


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