Spent some time this evening trying to get my daughter to calm down and go to sleep. I shouldn’t mischaracterize it as trying to get her to calm down, she was calm. The problem was that my little 5 week old girl was wide awake at 10:30 and I was ready for some down time.
So I turned on the boob tube to zone out as I walked her around the living room. Flipped on VH1 and found that they had some special on regarding the 50 worst songs. It was mildly interesting, but it made me wonder a little. They had commentary about each song. It was given by people who I cannot place, that is, I haven’t the foggiest idea who they are. And without that identification it made me wonder how they got on to the show.
They were all trying to be witty, profound and or biting and misfiring on all three accounts. It eventually got to be quite irritating listening to amateur hour so I flipped over to MTV. I used to really enjoy watching it when they played videos. And I have to admit for a period of time I enjoyed watching the Real World. But that got old about the time I turned 29 or so. Since then I have rarely turned it on.
But tonight was a new night and I was getting desperate in my search for something that would make the little girl go to sleep. I had tried turning out the lights and playing classical music. I loved it and in moments I was almost out, but this time it had no impact on her. She squirmed and I realized that it wasn’t working.
So I turned on MTV and found the video music awards where I watched an audience that looked like it had been filled with recent junior high graduates and talent that I couldn’t appreciate. Jessica Simpson may be nice, but I find her voice to be average and the few times I have heard her sing she has done covers of other artists, poorly.
Have I gotten old overnight? What happened and when did it occur? I am reading this and wondering how did it come to pass that I have gotten to be so curmudgeonly about so many things. More importantly, is any of this really that significant and should I care. Oh bother.