Sound Destruction: I'M STILL COOL...RIGHT?

Friday, June 10, 2005


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I love this CD. I play it so often in the car that my girls sing along now too. Last night while we were eating out, "Bigger Than My Body" was piped in through the restaurant speakers. So I leaned forward and said to my daughter who's almost 7 and was sitting on the opposite side of the booth, "listen, honey, it's John Mayer!". She was excited that she recognized it too. It was a sweet moment that was rudely broken when the obnoxious teenage girls in the booth behind me started snickering at us. So I turned around and gave them my best "Excuse me? Oh I don't think so!" look. Which shut them up, but still begs the question - is it not cool to listen to John Mayer? And when the hell did I become the adult that teenagers snicker at?!


Blogger strider said...

I don't know that john mayer was ever 'cool' for the younger(high school) kids to like.

he was cool for the 25 - 35 year old demographic who listen to the radio a lot.

I think he is talented but never became a big fan.

sorry SAR.

you are old.

3:05 PM  
Blogger strider said...

and why do you care what teenage girls think?

3:06 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Thanks Strider, I feel so much better now!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Kid Bastard said...

Something similar happened to me once, but when I was a little kid. I was walking through the mall with my mom and she told me that we were going to "The Children's Place". Now, back in the day, this was the coolest store EVER. They had all sorts of fun stuff to climb on and in and through, right there in the store! I LOVED going there. Hell, it was years before I even knew what they sold there. Anyway, when my mom told me we were going, I yelled out, "Yay! We're going to the Children's Place!" A bunch of nearby teen girls then openly mocked me. Fortunately my mom, being who she is, turned on them and shouted, "Go fuck yourselves, you little bitches!" It was awesome, and any insecurity I may have suffered just melted away.

I could derive from this that teenagers (especially girls) will laugh at anyone who expresses an earnest emotion, moreso when young children are involved. But that's not really true. It depends on the teen. I know that my friends and I would have thought it endearing to hear what you said.

Well, most of my friends. I had, on occasion, taken certain friends to task for mocking small children and their parents.

But yeah. John Mayer has always been more adult contemporary than anything else. So liking him does tend to mark one as old.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Kid Bastard - For a moment, I was on the verge of calling you my knight in shining armor for coming to my rescue, but then you went and deemed me old. You may begin groveling for my forgiveness now.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Does the fact that I'm also huge fan of Linkin Park, The Killers, and Maroon 5 redeem my age status?


5:14 PM  
Blogger strider said...

maroon 5 is more of the same like john mayer...

linkin park is yesterdays news...

killers are on their way out...


7:10 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Oh I'm a big fan of him! I'm in love with 'Daughters'.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Sar said...


BTW - Laura's 17 (at least that's what her profile says), so there!

9:10 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

If old age means I'll be listening to music like John Mayer's, I hope someone will do the kind thing and pull the plug on me.

I lump Mayer, Maroon 5, and Jason Mraz into one big sucky group. Their music makes my ears sad.

1:59 PM  
Blogger strider said...

right on tLM

7:32 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

"One big sucky group." - Ouch! And hey now, Jason Mraz's "You and I Both" has been one of my favorite songs!

BTW, my current favorite top 40 song is Howie Day's "Collide".

10:49 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

And Howie Day? I guess this goes well with your Jim Croce albums?

9:23 AM  

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