Sunday, February 19, 2017

The More Things Change

The more they stay the same, or, as Shakespeare said, past is prologue. 

Of course, Shakespeare presumably didn't listen to Weezer, Pearl Jam, Sir Mix-a-Lot, or Ice Cube, although he probably jammed out to similar music on a lute or some shit. I don't think Shakespeare had kids, but if he did, they would've said his lute music was BORING and he would've screamed down a set of wooden stairs for them to TURN DOWN THAT LUTE!

Last night, Geoff asked Paige's nine year-old friend, who was sleeping over, what music her parents listened to. She thought about it carefully for a few seconds and then responded with a quizzical look on her face: 

"I THINK they listen to 'Weezers?'" 

In other words, "Weezers" is now a band for old people. Along with Pearl Jam and the song "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. "Adults are so boooooring," Paige said the other day. "All they ever do is sit around talking about old people music like Pearl Jam and Baby Got Back."


Paige is right. It's true. None of us are immune from the tides of time that turn our counter-culture, edgy folk heroes into old geezers. Witness Ice Cube, who starred in not one but I think possibly a vast franchise of family-friendly movies with titles like, "Are We There Yet?", which my six and nine year-old kids watch for free on Netflix.

In other words, the guy who once dropped the bar, "I gotta say it was a good day, today I didn't even have to use my A.K." now stars in a free-streaming Christmas movie about being a good step-dad that got 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

I gotta say, it was a good day.

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