Friday, September 28, 2007

I knew this day would come...

I guess I have crossed the threshold to middle age. How do I know? I was making a shut-in call today at a nursing home, and blaring out of the sound system was a big-hair-and-spandex 1980s rock and roll classic (yes, boys and girls, the 80s are now included under the rubric "Classic Rock"). It was an MTV-friendly tune by Bon Jovi (Livin' on a Prayer).

I knew the day would come when rock and roll would be played at the nursing home, but I really thought it would start with Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, or perhaps even the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Pink Floyd. I would not even have been so surprised at Rush or Aerosmith breaking the nursing home barrier. But I sure didn't expect the domino to fall on a sappy Bon Jovi song.

Well, it least it wasn't Winger. What would future generations think of us?


Fr. Matthew J. Uttenreither said...

At least it wasn't Skid Row or Poison. I've been to a nursing home that was playing a muzak version of Metallica's Enter Sandman. You try and focus on the Liturgy when that is playing :)

Father Hollywood said...

Remember when Metallica was saying "What about the kids?" Tempus fugit.

Speaking of Enter Sandman, I heard a Pat Boone rendition on XM radio.

Jesus must be coming soon...

Fr Watson SSP said...

True Story: I was doing one of my field work local calls at a Ft. Wayne Nursing Home (back around 1993 or so); as I walked into a room to have a devotion with one lady in her late 80s, her roomie (another lady in her 80s) was sitting by her bed with the radio blaring. I asked her to please turn it down as it interfered with the mood.
The song? AC/DC's "Highway to Hell"
True story. Rev'd Bruce Lucas can vouch for me.
Deo Vindice,
Kopperhead Kansan

Fr. Matthew J. Uttenreither said...

It's funny that your brought up AC/DC's Highway to Hell. For three days in a row as I entered the Bat Cave entrance to CTS that song was playing. Laughed out loud everytime.