Wednesday, April 11, 2012

12 Til 30 - "Oldies"

For those of us who grew up in the '80's and '90's, when we turned to the Oldies station on the radio, we would hear songs from the 50's and 60's.  Soon, the music from the 70's were played on the station. Today, I'm hearing songs from the early '90's! 

I wonder how the kids I work with at the after school hear some of the songs I grew up to.

The after school staff get to run clubs during the week, which are basically extra curricular activities.  I decided to run a Rock Band club.
Let me go back into my history Rock Band.  I was totally one of those nay-sayers.  I was irritated with the game because I didn't think it actually taught them any musical skills.

Then I played it.  I was instantly hooked.  I took back all the negative things I had ever said about the game.

It's been pretty awesome running this club.  It's one of the best experiences to be in a room full of kids who didn't grow up with a lot of the songs I'm trying to expose them to.

There were definitely times when they would be a bit hesitant to try some of the "older" songs.  But when I would insist to play along, I would choose songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody."  Now, they know and love the song.

I've been trying to expose them to more and more of the older tunes on the Rock Band games, mainly because I know that they wouldn't get a chance to hear that kind of music on the radio.  It's perhaps one of the most awesome experiences to have a kid singing "Crocodile Rock" or "Eye of the Tiger" or "I Love Rock and Roll" as we're dismissing them.


  1. I'm sooo with you on that. Nothing brought more joy to my soul than to hear my three year old niece (who's speech is a little garbled but in a really cute way) singing some of my old rock favorites verbatim. I was so proud of her. And I think that's it's important that kids these days get a taste of some of the songs that inspire the music they listen to today. Bravo for your rock club. (And did I just say "kids these days"? *sigh*)

    1. Yes! That's exactly it! If they don't know what's inspiring what they're used to listening to on the radio, then how can they even appreciate what they're listening to?
      Oh, I regularly call my younger friends (in their early 20's) "fetuses" :) I'm already crafting myself to be one of the old ladies who shake their fist at everything..hahaha!


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