Saturday, October 15, 2022

Two Things Made Me Feel Really Old This Week

I'm getting older, which is fine! We age and sometimes we feel kind of old for various reasons. Two different things made me feel quite ancient this week even if I'm just 34, however.

1. I was at Half Price Books and browsing the magazine section as I always check there, the comics section, and so forth. I found one from the 1980s with a big feature of Debbie Harry of Blondie. I was excited to get it and pointed it out to the employee barely in his 20s at checkout. He told me, "I'm sorry, but I honestly don't know who that is." I named various songs and he was apologetic, but I could feel myself withering away into primordial dust.

2. A song called, "Sunshine," has been on the radio by Tyga, Jhené Aiko, and Pop Smoke. It doesn't so much sample the classic song also titled, "Sunshine," by Lil' Flip and Lea, as it does function as a cover version with the many elements wholesale ripped off from the original song. The thing that made me feel old was I have seen multiple people acting like it is a brand new song or being confused when they hear it samples a previous song. The original, "Sunshine," came out in 2004, which I guess is now 18 years old and therefore seems like aged classical music to some young folks these days.

I have turned into the stock photo cartoon of the old man you can see above. It's only a matter of time before I tell kids to get off my lawn.

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