Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,

music passed down

still too tired to write about the float trip.

marc and I were in the back seat of this car going to missouri for the trip, and this song came on the radio:

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small,
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall.

I told him, "Grace Slick is so badass." He was like, "who?" He'd barely ever listened to the song and had no idea who sang or wrote it.

It's always weird for me to think that some kids didn't grow up listening to Jefferson Airplane and stuff... okay sure, as Marc pointed out, that particular song is all about drugs. But at least all songs from that era are about something. And really when I listen to them now it doesn't matter what they're about, they're from my childhood so they're fantastic. My parents picked great music for me to grow up to, it's like a soundtrack of their influence. Crazy woodstock protest songs, southern rock that was almost country, The Eagles, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Don McLean. Marc was just like, "My parents had ABBA GOLD on vinyl!" I don't really remember hearing about ABBA until I heard Dancing Queen at a high school dance. My parents didn't talk much about disco. I sometimes feel that people in the 60s (which is really the 70s) were either for or against disco, and there wasn't much in between, and once you picked a side the other one was dead to you. And here marc and I both are... both love computers, but I express myself by typing everywhere and trying to voice out and he's a DJ.

At least both our parents listened to music, I know other people who weren't so lucky, they have to continuously discover cool old acts for themselves because the knowledge just wasn't passed down. it's really sad, it's like they're missing something. Back in the day, parents had to teach kids how to live through tough winters and plow fields and butcher cows, you know, survival skills... it seems like in this world that's changing all the time and a government that's doing so much and could get so scary, you need to know the history of music, even if a little of it's about drugs. hey, it teaches you to be subversive if anything. And maybe it all helped me stay off drugs... I never did them, possibly because I knew from 70s music that it'd all been done before (subconsciously of course... to this day I hear s
certain songs I grew up with and JUST NOW REALIZE what they're about.)

Anyway, I'm curious what all your parents listened to, that's half the reason for this entry, I just think it's cool to think about everyone like that.
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