2/17/17 Back in the Day Music
I was recently having a conversation with a buddy of mine and we were discussing the horrific life changes that must have happened if we were presented with the situation of getting back into the dating scene. Through our discussion, we seemed to settle on the conclusion of how awful that would be. I seriously think I’d just rather wither away to nothing rather than put forth that type of time and effort again. I don’t cook from scratch and I sure don’t think I’d want to start over from scratch. I’d probably just end up like this guy.
The conversation did get us thinking though about a couple of factors. The first thing we wondered is what do these kids even call it these days? I was kind of hoping that it was called going steady again, but I probably would be disappointed. I don’t even know what going steady even means, so I had to look it up. According to urbandictionary, the first definition that comes up of going steady is “what white kids in the 50’s called dating.” Pretty humorous, but I call BS on that quotation though. See, I first recall hearing that term from an 80’s television show where the only two white people I remember being on the show were Smitty (Adam Sandler) and Peter (a chubby kid that I don’t think ever spoke, just ran out of the house).
The second thing that we asked ourselves is if you have to “ask” the other person out or if it is just assumed. I mean, are we writing notes like we are junior high kids pre-2005? I can only hope. Maybe people don’t even meet at places to “mingle” at all anymore. Maybe all the bars in the world aren’t opened to that type of thing anymore and people just associate together through sites like Tinder and end up getting together through alcohol. Alcohol: still the only logical way people end up together.
I couldn’t imagine all of the extra time and effort that it would really take. I think I would rather wither away to nothing as a lonely single divorcee relying on video games to fill the empty void than ever try that dating thing again.
And the idea of withering away playing video games takes us into today’s back in the day music. Our song today was released in May of 2004 by an Australian band. Our hit today reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 that summer and was a number one hit on the Modern Tracks list. It was today’s bands, Jet, first top 40 hit in America. The song appeared in many pop culture venues including being the theme song for the iPod Classic 3.
Man, that thing looks like a dinosaur now and was state of the art in 2003. Damn thing might as well have been used by Zack Morris while trying to woo Kelly Kapowski. Heck, I think this thing is playing Friends Forever by Zack Attack!
Even though the commercial for our song today was a mainstay in 2004 I remember our song mostly from Madden NFL 2004. Back in the early 2000’s music was first placed into video games and replaced wonderful tracks like the RBI Baseball theme. I guess it was a good and bad move as RBI Baseball is synonymous with my youth….oh heck, my adult life as well. While these playlists were not the largest in the world at that time, it was something. And while I spent many hours, days, and weeks in college uploading a great NCAA Football class to my Madden game, our song today played over and over and over again. I would often just put the game on mute as I got sick of the soundtrack. However, thinking back on it now, what a good jam.
Even though I am happily married with three great kids, I often dream about those long hours of having zero responsibilities and my biggest worries being what time we were going to the bar and if I even had at money to spend there. Thank God for Wednesdays at the American Legion and my boss who seemed to always know when I was thirsty. I can see it now: pulling my recliner up close to my tube TV with the built in VCR in my attic bedroom where there was just a small strip of where you could stand upright, withering away to the sound of computerized men with the huge hearts inside my PS2.
Withering away, again? In college, it was a great way to live. In the future, good lord it sounds horrible. I just better make sure I double check with my wife and ask her “Are You Gonna Be my Girl”, forever?