"Mom, look!" Youngest sat next to the computer, typed in a few words on the navigation bar, and up popped, "Disney Radio." "You gotta hear this song." A second or two later the song from Disney channel's newest musical came rapping over the speaker. His face reflect the luminescent screen glow from his laptop. But there was no mistaking his delight at having found a website with his favorite music.
Suddenly he was the face of the boy who sat next to the shoe-box sized radio listening to the newest swing sounds from the 1940's. He was the boy who practically clung to the radio as the sounds of the Grand Ol' Oprey floated around the room, the Midwestern boy who dreamed of the sweet sands on the beaches of California as the Beach Boys sang surfing songs. I remembered my transistor radio, hand sized, the new technology of the time, that I cuddled in bed at night, waiting for my favorite hit. The technology may have changed, but what hasn't is the pull of new music that will define a young person's youth. Who can't remember the delicious time spent singing with your favorite songs?
"Do you like it, Mom?" His voice was filled with hope.
The syrupy rap lyrics floated out of my computer's speakers. Gone was the raw edge that defined the genre. I smiled and said, "It seems okay!"
He relaxed. "I thought so, too."
"You like rap?"
"Not the stuff with bad words," he said. "Not the stuff that talks about hurting people and stuff."
"Yeah." I nodded.
We listened long enough for me to understand that he could listen to song after song. "You wanted to watch "Burn Notice" tonight?" I asked. Earlier he had informed me that there was a "Burn Notice" marathon, and how great the show was because "it talks all about how to be a spy." Very cool stuff.
"Naw," he said. "Do you mind if I take your laptop and listen to these songs?"
I smiled and watched as he packed it up and slipped off to our bed, engrossed in his generation's music, like so many generations before him. And I was reminded of the words my mother liked to say, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."