There are a few things as I approach middle age that give me some sort of comfort.
One is seeing where I've been, and one is knowing there is still unchartered territory. Tonight I got a chance to see a little bit of both.
I went out with a friend to a martini bar in Denver. The crowd was young, but not tooo young -- a mid-twenties crowd for the most part. The DJ and corresponding music video played a lots of '80s hits -- from Madonna to Van Halen. I had a moment when I enjoyed the fact that I finally had long hair to toss around for the '80s hair bands of my time.
I felt a little old as I watched some of the young girls dancing -- realizing that they were probably hearing Def Leppard as a "classic" and not being cognizant of the band the first time they came out.
But then I got in the car to drive home, and my latest favorite band came on the radio -- Green Day. I didn't feel so old as suddenly I realized that I simply enjoy their music so much and realize why everyone from my 14-year-old niece to me loves them. She has a crush on Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day -- not realizing that he's closer to my age than he is to hers -- with 15 albums under their belt, Green Day's American Idiot album is just one of many that illustrates the depth of a great band that's been around for a long time.
As a result, they have anthems of youth that reach into middle age:
"Wake Me Up When September Ends"
"Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends...
Here comes the pain again
Falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
Becoming who we are.
As my memory rests
but never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends..."
Thanks Billy Joe.