Lee Wochner: Writer. Director. Writing instructor. Thinker about things.


Today’s music

My 17-year-old son had plans today to spend the day with some friends. Getting ready to take a shower, he asked, “Do you mind if I play some music?”

I was lying down in the adjoining bedroom, hanging out with the dogs and reading.

“No,” I said, bracing myself for some harsh rap.

But instead I heard some sort of modern rock come on. It sounded pretty good! In fact, song after song sounded pretty good. I recognized the Killers, a band I like, and some others; one song summoned a sense of familiarity, but I couldn’t place it, so I got closer and hit the Shazam app on my phone and found it was by Foster the People. Of course! It sounded just like Foster the People, and I like Foster the People. I went back to my reading.

When he came out of the shower, I called for him. He came into the room. I was thrilled to hear all this new music and wanted to share my excitement. I’ve been concerned that I was finally falling behind in what’s current in music, or what I could relate to — but this was good stuff! Maybe I’d find out what it was and load it onto my phone.

“Hey!” I said. “I liked what you were playing. In fact, I liked all of what you were playing! That was really good.”

“Yeah,” he said. “It’s the music of my childhood.”


“The music of my childhood. That music is from the 2000’s. My childhood.” Then he left.

Well, it’s still new music to me.

3 Responses to “Today’s music”

  1. Dan Says:

    My Musical Moment came in a restaurant.

    As I wait to be seated, the sound system (Is it still Muzak?) gently plays a song from my reckless youth.

    I flash back to that youth, another moment in a restaurant, the prelude to yet another moribund romance, as we wait for a table the young lady turns to me and asks, “Why do they always play Old People’s Music in restaurants?”

    Fade back to the present, and the faint sound of an instrumental rendition of “Hey Jude.”

  2. Lorie Says:

    This was so funny. I read it to mom. I’m surprised my grandkids are listening to my music from my childhood.

  3. Uncle Rich Says:

    What’s even better is when you hear an old favorite rock tune on the TV but it’s in a commercial.

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