There's Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye. When my 11-year-old daughter Kate is in the car, this song is on repeat. (If you're interested, on a typical Friday night at 9 pm, it takes four playings of Somebody That I Used to Know to drive from the skating rink on Hwy 280 to my house.)
But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and I feel so rough
No you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
The song I play most frequently is probably Come Pick Me Up by Ryan Adams.
I wish you would
Come pick me up
Take me out
Fuck me up
Steal my records
Screw all my friends behind my back
With a smile on your face
And then do it again
I wish you would
Today, You'll Think of Me by Keith Urban came up on shuffle.
Take your records, take your freedom
Take your memories, I don't need 'em
Take your space and take your reasons
But you'll think of me
This is just a tiny sample from my 8GB iPod. I haven't even listened to all the songs on it because my cousin (and music advisor) Richard downloaded hundreds of songs for me when he was here last month. I'm working my way through them. I'm sure there are many, many more that mention breakups and records. The number is probably only rivaled by the number of songs that mention the phrase "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
When You'll Think of Me came on, my 16-year-old son, Jacob, was in the car with me. I checked him out early because they have exams this week and he doesn't have any this afternoon. We took the opportunity for him to have a little driving time (he'll get his license in late June).
I turned to him and said, "Who the hell even has records anymore? Other than old people and hipsters? All these songs say 'You stole my records' or 'Come get your records.'"
"What do they mean by records?" Jacob said.
"You know, like music records. Vinyl records."
"Oh," Jacob said. "I thought they meant records like data."
Yep, it's official. I'm old.
And so are you.
|Kate knows what records are. She thinks they look awesome on walls.|