Sunday, August 16, 2009

Woodstock, Bonding over Music, and Wiping Out at your Retirement Party

Enough people are talking about Woodstock. I wasn't there so I have nothing to share - except I did want to go and my Dad wouldn't let me. I was mad but I guess in retrospect I'm glad (in a way) that I didn't. And sad too. It would have been quite a story to tell my son.

It's ironic, then, that the generation that fought their parents constantly over music, bonds with their children over music. My 19 year old son loves 60's and 70's music, and listens to it...on records, using a record player. He loves the sound of records so much more than the sound of CD's. He plays our records and has also bought records on Amazon.com. We share a lot of favorite groups in common, such as Boston and the Rolling Stones. And more modern groups, such as Metallica.

So instead of reminiscing over Woodstock I'd like to share this video of someone I know, a 60's something gentleman, who plays with a local band called the Dirig Brothers. They specialize in early 60's music. I wish I had been at the event this was videoed at, but I'm glad people at this party put a couple of songs on You Tube, including this performance of Wipeout. No, he didn't play at Woodstock. Yes, he's proof that retirement isn't the end of life!

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