I'm feeling a little disconnected from the modern world lately. A little too shrouded in the past. I make no apologies for liking what I like -- some people are meant to be on the cutting edge, and some people are meant to be historians; the history I like to study just happens to be the LA / canyon music scene of '65-'71, i.e. the high point of America's pop-cultural achievements -- it's just that lately the only TV I watch is The Larry Sanders show, circa 1994 (one exception: Archer), and musically, I've turned from the '60s to the '20s as I've been immersing myself in a biography and music theory book on Gershwin, something I've wanted to do for a long time. And so I have this strange sense of living in an alternate reality, or like I'm not really living at all. As though if I continue like this, 50 years on, I'll be grief-stricken, thinking I've wasted it all, and regret not having tasted the fruits of the now.
Yvonne likes to joke that the '80s completely passed me by -- and for that I can say THANK GOD. (It's pretty true: I think I once counted a total of 15 songs from the '80s that I remember actually hearing in the '80s [yeah, Toto!], and I've still never seen , , Sixteen Candles, Rambo, Teen Wolf, Uncle Buck, , Red Dawn, Young Guns, Footloose, Lucas, The Terminator, Pretty in Pink, , Coming to America or Revenge of the Nerds). Can I afford to let another decade pass me by?
So, dear Hamsters...what am I missing? What totally of-the-moment comedy-music-TV-Internet sensation should I be drinking in to confirm my status as a fully living, 31-year-old humanoid in the year 2011? Catch me up! Give me your recommendations!
Just don't expect me to like them.