Last night, we chose to go to Mel’s Diner for dinner. If you’re unfamiliar with this restaurant, it’s reminiscent of a 1950s diner. Many tables have small jukeboxes you can request songs on. Then the songs play throughout the restaurant. While the food is just on the average side, the atmosphere is fun. The music played, either by patrons or the establishment, always provides good conversation topics and some memories.
I made a comment to my daughter how I received my first record player when I was 13 years old. That I received my first record album and that’s the only one I had until I could buy more. Her response, “what’s a record player?” Oh! What? Did the generation gap just come full circle?!
Break out the phone, look up, ‘record player’, and show here what I was talking about. Then, being the homeschool mom I am, I have decided this upcoming week, we will have a musical trip through the decades. That was after a Beatles’ song came on and she made a face and said there were better boy bands available. Had to break it to my preteen that the Beatles were THE boy band, of that time. She seems to forget her boy band, One Direction, wouldn’t be the teen idols they are today, without the Beatles paving the way for them.
Starting Monday, we will visit the 1950s. Talk about the artists of that era. Discuss issues going on during that time. I get to “visit” Elvis again. Ok, so I might have been born in the wrong generation. Then we will move onto the 60s, 70s, 80s and finally the 90s; by week end.
It should be a fun way to incorporate some modern history via music. After all, music plays such a huge role in marking important milestones in our lives and in making memories: childhood memories, songs your parents liked (and you laughed at), first song danced to, wedding songs, songs your kids would stop crying to, break-up songs, etc.
I completely expect eye-rolling and “are we done yet” responses. I do hope my lil miss can take away something as we dance our way through the ages.