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?

4 comments:

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.