I'm taking some time off for Thanksgiving and, hot on its heels, my birthday.
Numbers don't scare me but sometimes cultural signposts can stop me cold in my tracks. Here's Jason Kottke, a guy apparently in my age range, with a sobering take on using movies and music to mark one's time here on Earth:
- Watching Star Wars today is like watching It's a Wonderful Life (1946) in 1977.
- Listening to Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit today is equivalent to playing Terry Jack's Seasons In The Sun (1974) in 1991.
- Listening to the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) today...well, they didn't really have rock or pop albums back in 1946. But popular songs on the radio were sung by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, and Dinah Shore, as well as many performers and their orchestras.
You either laugh or cry at things like this. I choose laughter because it means I ain't dead yet.
It's nice to pause and reflect on 1977. I wasa teenager and Star Wars was a treasure that George Lucas had yet to blight with his hollow and dreary prequels. That summer I had joy, I had fun ... and even though I wasn't hip yet to the Pistols, I could at least recognize that Seasons in the Sun sucked ass. Still does 34 years later.