Oldies but Goodies? What makes a song an oldie?

You're in your car driving down the street...

The D.J. on the radio has just announced he is going to play "A Blast from the past," something from the stations, "Oldies but Goodies" shelf and take you down memory lane. You reach over and turn up the volume. 

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train...

You recognize the singer immediately with that knarly voice. That's Janis Joplin! That song can't be an oldie?  The memories, hitchhiking across the country, hippies, Woodstock, Yorkville, Haight Ashbury. Peace, Love, Marijuana, LSD, Psychedelic, Man. Oh! Those days. Where did they go? 

No! Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy with their "Indian Love Call" that was an oldie.

Has it really been that long?  

Wasn't it just yesterday, you let your hair grow, you grew a beard. You didn't need money. Black power! Gay Lib, Women's rights! War. Viet Nam! Free Love.  

A song can be considered an oldie if it passes a 15 to 55 year probate. Usually considered by most D.J. anything before the 80's, Big Hair Days.

I over heard some kids talking the other day, they were talking about music. The song they were talking about was the new song, by Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines. She called it an oldie. 

That song was released last spring. 

The worlds going too fast.

Dog Brindle

1 comment:

Mary Ihla said...

"Me & Bobby McGee" was the first song I learned to sing and play on my guitar with any proficiency. Loved Janis!