Music has always been a large part of my relationship with my husband. I think of it sometimes as likely the only interest we really had in common when we'd first started dating. Well, that and beer.
It was the 80's, and we were both religious listeners of 102.1, CFNY radio, which is now called "The Edge". A station where they'd play the likes of U2 (when they were young and edgier), the Alarm, the Cure, the Cult, the Smiths, Depeche Mode, Japan, Canadian content (Blue Peter, Images in Vogue, wow, now we're talking ancient)... all the usual suspects. When the content changed in the 1990's following the grunge and newer punkish movement (Nirvana, early Green Day, Pearl Jam, etc...) we were there.
So it's not so much of a surprise that our kids love music, and the boy has even taken over my iPod. Truth be told, it was never really mine. He's loaded it up with all sorts of Hip Hop, rap, top 40s poppy/rock like Nickelback. I think it's hilarious sometimes when we're on the road especially on long trips, and he pays attention to our flipping on the radio. If we land on classic rock, or something that doesn't sound like today's flavour he'll ask who it is. And then he'll ask whether they're dead. I guess that's how old he thinks we are.
While the Edge is still more geared to those under 30, I still keep it pre-programmed in my van. They're the only station that I've heard play anything by Metric, so I'm still sold. Yesterday, we're in the car and I've got it on The Edge, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers come on. After a little while, the boy says,
"Mom can you switch this? This is so bad, I mean who LIKES this stuff?".
"Actually, they're the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a lot of people really like them. They were really popular in the 80's and 90's."
"Really? Cuz they're horrible. I mean, it's annoying and reminds me of Yo Gabba Gabba - 'In my tummy - in my tummy - party -party- there's a party in my tummy....!" Oh. My. Gawd!!!!!".
Yes, he's fairly dramatic.
I've never been the biggest fan of the Chili Peppers.
Now I think I know why.