The CDs I ordered from my 20th high school reunion (which I did not attend) came last week. As I listened to them yesterday morning, I knew every single song. For some it took me a moment to remember, for several I had to look up the artist. But there they are, every single one at least 20 years old now – The Cure, The Gin Blossoms, Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Criss Cross, Boyz 2 Men, and many more.
Interestingly, I cannot tell you if many of these acts stood the test of time. I know that The Cure has long done very well – I’ve long loved their sound. I think Snoop Dogg has morphed into a granddaddy of Hip Hop or something. Eric Clapton is a guitar legend. But Sheryl Crow, the Gin Blossoms – many of the others, I just don’t know.
In considering what songs might have been on the class of 2014’s two CD set, I must acknowledge that it’s nearly certain that I would not know a single song. My ignorance of what is on the radio is virtually absolute; I can’t stress it enough and most people would find it hard to believe, but I truly could not hum a single line of any top 40 tunes right now.
I feel so out of the loop on pop culture – my current television knowledge is similarly non-existent – at least these days I have my violin music.
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