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Songs Not Old Enough To Be Old

Filed under: Books,Daily Life,Holidays,Knitting — folkcat at 2:14 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Okay, maybe you’ll only agree with me on this if you’re among my more…let’s say, seasoned readers. But am I wrong to think that REM’s Losing My Religion has no place on a radio station that I’ve always thought of as an “oldies” station?

The only radio station I can tolerate around here is Frank FM, 106.3 on the dial. They advertise themselves as “#1 for classic hits,” and typically play music that dates from the late 60’s, 70’s, and early 80’s.

So I get into my car yesterday, and turn on the radio, and what I hear is Losing My Religion. An REM tune from 1991. I’m so convinced it couldn’t possibly be right that I push the pre-set button to get my radio station back.

But no, Frank FM is playing it, and my whole evaluation of their playlist changes in a heartbeat.

Maybe I’m just being an old fogie here, but I have some notion in my head that any song that debuted after 1990 should never be considered an “oldie.” Even if your euphemism for it is “classic.” Maybe that seems like an arbitrary cut-off date, but think about it – the bloom was off the rose for MTV, which had debuted a decade earlier, and we had a whole new decade and a new sound upon our ears. It wasn’t much longer before MTV even abandoned the live Veejays format, changing even the nature of music on the video screen in the 90’s.

Okay, that’s it for the soapbox – if I don’t step down now, it will crumble under my weight. On to what you really come here for, which is the crafting.

I’ve been making good progress on the desert-themed entrelac bag for Christmas 2007. I’m now on, I think the sixth tier. My blue Malabrigo for the sky has run out a little sooner than I’d hoped, but I think we’re okay – I simply substituted the mottled green and brown and started the scrub brush on the desert floor a little sooner than intended.

The bag is also getting big enough that I have to photograph it in two pieces:

WIP - Xmas 2007, #3, Side 1
Side One

WIP - Xmas 2007, #3, Side 2
Side Two

You can see how the two rocky outcroppings are different shapes. I’ve also put more of the golden yellow on one side of each, to look like the sun is shining from that direction.

The very observant among you might notice the dapper man with the colorful afghan standing behind the bag. That’s Kaffe Fassett, as shown on the cover of his new book, Kaffe Knits Again. It’s due to be released next Tuesday. I’ve got a copy from the publisher that I’ll be reviewing later this week, both here and at Shopping Jen. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, in case you haven’t looked recently, I’ve been very busy cranking out reviews over at Shopping Jen. I post there every day from Monday through Friday. Recent reviews have included:

And much, much more. I’m having a ball writing for Shopping Jen, and I hope you’re enjoying reading what I have to say!


Comment by Tracy

September 25, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

“Oldie” can sure mean a whole lot of different things to different people, can’t it? It seems to terribly wrong that everything I went to high school with is an “oldie” now. When did I slip over the hill? I remember when MTV actually played music videos.

On another note, you are inspiring me to add entrelac to the list of things I need to figure out how to do!

Comment by Christine

September 25, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

I know just what you mean! REM is not an Oldie group. It’s like the first time I heard Billy Joel’s Tell Her About It on our oldies station– I still have a hard time believing it’s that old!

Comment by Carol

September 25, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

My husband claims that anything older than 3 minutes is considered an “oldie” nowadays. of course, we maybe old fogies too….

Comment by FemaleWriter

September 26, 2007 @ 10:18 am

I know I could’ve replied to this on your other blog, but I’m so used to commenting here…so I hope you don’t mind.

I really enjoyed Journeyman and I’m really hoping that it does well and that NBC keeps it on long enough to get the right fanbase (instead of yanking it if it’s not popular within the first three episodes).

Do you watch Eureka? Did you catch the first episode of Reaper last night? What other shows do you watch?

Anyway, your desert theme bag looks great. I hope all is well.

Take Care!


Comment by Elizabeth Delisi

September 27, 2007 @ 10:43 am

I agree with you. For me, even the 80s is too new. Oldies to me means the 50s (though I was too young then to listen to the radio), the 60s and early to mid 70s. After that, it ain’t oldies no more. 😉

Liz, who knows she’s just dated herself

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