Friday, April 02, 2010


how did this happen?

So today I was in a hospital waiting room, having accompanied a friend who underwent a procedure, and while waiting I sat on a comfy couch intermittently knitting a sock and leafing through People mag. (I'll get more into that in a minute.) I was semi-aware of the Muzak playing, then I paid more attention as I recognized the song. It was Ballad of John & Yoko.

Not such a big deal, right? Well, let me take you on a little journey back in time. Imagine that it's 1969, you're 14, and listening to 45's in your room (those are vinyl records, for you young pups) and when John Lennon sings "Christ you know it ain't easy" you have to turn the volume wayyy down so your parents won't know that there's a swear word in the song, well...okay, just imagine it. Were we repressed much? Nah...

OK, now let's fast forward 41 years. Whoosh! So much music from my childhood and youth that we thought was edgy, or revolutionary, or just plain out there, is now blase canned music or being used to sell products on TV. I sat there listening to that, and even though I had to smile, I felt really old. When I was listening to those 45's in my room I never had a thought for where I find myself in life right now--approaching senior citizenhood. Just another graying baby boomer. The answer to the question in this post title, of course, is that I didn't die. Which is fine as paint with me!

It used to bug me, this ongoing trend of pillaging my childhood memories by mining entertainment from the 60's and 70's (now it's the 80s and beyond) and replaying, repackaging, remixing and remaking it to no end. Now I guess I'm used to it. I did see in that People magazine, however, that they are bringing to the big screen, none other than Gilligan's Island. Good Lord. The kid from "SuperBad" is playing Gilligan. The bombshell Ginger? J. Lo. I won't give away any more of the casting, just that it's inspired and pretty clever. Will I go see it? I'm pretty sure they won't be able to make what was a silly TV show into anything other than a silly movie--but out of sheer curiosity I kind of want to! And that's saying a lot, because I don't go to the movies anymore. The last time I did, I forget what I saw but I think I paid $9.50. It probably costs more than ten bucks now.

So when it comes out, if anybody's up for seeing it with me, tell me so in the comments! And thank you for indulging my old lady rant. Since I got up this morning, I had one of those days where I didn't feel like my usual, freewheeling, headbanging self, and that mood persists. On the plus side, though, I am making progress with a couple unfinished projects. Will check in again when I have pretty pictures to share.

Had a chuckle reading this! I became disillusioned back in the mid-80's when they used Revolution to sell Nike shoes, of all things! What do you think John would have had to say about that?! And who could forget the clay raisins singing Marvin Gaye? How about getting some Good Vibrations drinking orange juice?

As for Gilligan...I'm inclined to agree that it will probably be stooopid...even though I adore Michael Cera, I don't think I'll be able to watch J. Lo without singing that 'taco taco' song from South Park...
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