February 03, 2005

Time Left Me at the Rest Stop

So I'm driving around town today seeking a little leather journal for a friend as I tune in and out of random radio channels; I choose to listen to a song after a funny commercial where Harry Connick Jr tried to sell me a wireless plan.

Well, the detail from that monster sentence that we'll focus on today is the song. I have to admit that country songs start out pretty well. I like the sound. Then they inevitable start into some kind of lyric. It is shortly after the second stage that the song falls apart. The singer began by conecting a few earthly joys to heaven: "if heaven were a tear it would be the last one," etc. Well the song fell apart at:

"If heaven were a town it 'uld be my town,
On a summer's day in 1985..."

Whoa! What was so romantic about the 80's? Movies were atrocious, the boufant was in vogue, people wore leg warmers (I was told that they came back for about two weeks at the end of last year, that's far too close for comfort), and the show "Growing Pains" was considered good prime time. It just feels like the 80's are too near a past to write nostalgic songs about that decade. It makes me feel old. I hope the singer lived in a town that time forgot in a more romantic period.

I wonder when people started writing songs about the 50's and whether baby boomers bought the albums.

on a more random note, did you know that if you are going to refer to the ninteen-sixties that you should write it "60s" and not "60's?" There's a little bit of literary etiquette for your day.

Posted by timf at February 3, 2005 06:48 PM

Tim, I do enjoy your posts.

I truly do.

Posted by: heidi at February 3, 2005 09:22 PM

well, not just the 1960s, also the 1950s or the 40s, etc. I don't think there is anything special about the 1960s that started the rule about no apostrophe before the s when referring to a decade. ;)

Posted by: micah at February 3, 2005 09:26 PM

interesting... I'm working on a play poster for that time period, I must have misunderstood my copy editor. I'm glad that we can forever cast off apostrophies when refering to decades!

Posted by: timf at February 4, 2005 01:06 PM

The point to that line is the words that come after "1985" IE "when everyone I loved was still alive". That his family was still intact was what made 1985 a good year.

Posted by: Cecil at March 8, 2005 09:45 AM
Post a comment

Please note: Comments will not appear immediately. Your comment will appear upon approval by the blog's editor. We had to implement this to decrease the amount of spam that our site receives. Please forgive the inconvenience. We are looking into other, friendlier options.

Remember personal info?

Receive an email if someone
else comments on this post?

(by leaving this box checked you will also receive your own comment via email to confirm your subscription)