Don’t talk about my generation!

Published October 19, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother

My mother can recall the time when she was the biggest Beatle fan anyone can imagine. Having made a scrapbook dedicating the Beatles, she must have enjoyed listening to the radio when a new song of theirs came on the transistor, the news that came on the television about their ‘invasion’ to America, the loves reported in their lives and sadly, the losses they had to endure. In my opinion, she was in the center of the greatest generation ever when it came to music. So many of us can agree with that statement.

Fast forward to 2008. Being of sound-mind and a Metalhead to this very day, the music that I actually listen to is absolutely ‘nothing’ like the Beatles. The deepness of Goth Metal and the speed of the crunchy guitar gets my blood to a boil every time. I say “Fast forward to 2008” because that was the earliest I can remember walking into my teenaged daughter’s room and noticing posters of the Fab Four plastered on her walls and ceiling. I asked her why she couldn’t stay in her own generation in being a fan, inevitably upsetting her with my gruffness. Why would she want to do something like that?? I mean, she even agrees that the music of today is nothing but grunts and clips of music from the past. Why wouldn’t she love the past generation of music? For those who know her, she is merely a Beatles ‘fan of today’. But I know her as the baby I had given birth to on Ringo Starr’s birthday.

I was surfing around on the internet and found a lovely little blog of someone else that has the same problem as I had when she was younger. You should really take a look.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/opinion/sunday/explaining-the-beatles-to-a-new-generation.html?_r=1&

 

2 comments on “Don’t talk about my generation!

  • You reminded me that when my son was in fifth grade, his (absolutely wonderful) teacher was a Beatles fan. He had a music contest going for the school year, for those kids and families who wanted to join in. Every week he’d ask some obscure music question, or he’d send home a tape (yeah, a tape!) of a few bars of a song for us to identify. We played along (that is, I played along ;o), and by the end of the year we came in second place. The prize for the first five winners was a compilation of CDs the teacher made of every Beatle song ever recorded, in chronological order, in a binder along with all the lyrics and trivia he’d picked up. Philip and my daughter, Natalie, became fans for quite a while, as we took those CDs with us wherever we went.

    Thanks for the memory, and for finding my blog, which led me to yours.

    • Isn’t that rather odd that a band can transcend generations and find our children? Do you know what a great feeling it is when my mother (who was an enormous fan at that time) and my daughter can sit for hours recollecting the specifics about the Beatles? I feel like I gave birth to her best friend.

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