Thursday, February 4, 2010

Generation Gap

From time to time, there appear cute anecdotes from people "who knew they were old when..." My moment happened last year with two much younger male colleagues.

We had been talking, I don't remember exactly about what (another sign of age?), and one of them said, "I've never been to Mexico."

Both the rhythm and the content of that sentence reminded me of the Three Dog Night song "Never Been to Spain." Three Dog Night was one of the most popular bands of the 1970's, and the song is from their album Harmony, released in 1971.

EVERYONE of the "right" age knows this song.

Thinking I was just so terribly funny, I said, with great deadpan delivery, "I've never been to Spain, but I kind of like the music" (the first line of the song).

Both of my much younger male colleagues, being polite young men, looked at me with great seriousness and said, "Oh, is that so." And "Oh, really."

Neither of them had ever heard of Three Dog Night, let alone this song. They showed that respectful and somewhat quizzical indulgence of old people who just don't realize that they are no longer hip.

I was thirty years and more out of date; neither of them was even born when that song was released. My time of being in the thick of things, of cultural references, had passed, and the fact was staring at me in the persons of two non-comprehending but courteous young men. At that moment, I knew!

So, without further ado, some nostalgia for the older persons among us and a little 70's culture for the young. And some 70's psychedelic visuals.


lifeshighway said...

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.

Two can be as bad as one, it's the loneliest number since the number 0-ne

right there back at ya'

ChrisJ said...


D'll just have to reserve my Three dog Night jokes for people like you who know the lyrics! lol

ASeaRogue said...

Excellent Post !and love the song as well

askcherlock said...

It was so sweet to reminisce while hearing Three Dog Night again. Such memories.... Thanks, Chris.

ChrisJ said...

Sea Rogue,


ChrisJ said...


I wonder what songs will cause the young ones to reminisce?