Like most of my blogging topics, this one also started in the backseat of my car. During a drive (not long enough for deep conversations, I must admit , because I now live in a small town and all places around are within 10 minutes drive), we hear this song for the nth time :
“The club isn’t the best place to find a lover
So the bar is where I go……
I’m in love with the shape of you..
——————————–” ( Ed Sheeran’s ” Shape Of You” )
My first reaction was ” How many times will the radio stations play this song?”
Backseat 1 ” Oh, I can keep listening to it. ”
Backseat 2 ” I don’t like it anymore. It is an old song.”
Backseat 1 “When did this song come out? How old is it?”
Backseat 2 “Pretty old. It must be in 2017”
Me “That is only last year ”
Backseat 2 ” Yes. That’s why it is old. ”
I listen to the songs of my parent’s generation and relish it as much as they do. I do call them retro songs but not OLD. I still consider songs that were popular during my growing up days as new songs. How can a one year old song be OLD?
The dictionary meaning of old as an adjective, still says ” having lived for a long time; no longer young.” and ” made or built long ago” . That has not changed. It is still the “old” definition.
For the rest of my journey (6 minutes to be exact) , the “old” me was thinking about the concept of “old” . Has that changed? How old is old now? So, what I consider “old” should be ” mesozoic” for some! I am fine with me not being considered “young” for not calling a song released an year ago as old. But is it okay to call it “old” ?
The more I thought about it, the more it led me to various aspects of life itself:
As far as a song is concerned, I guess it is the easy access to the song (download and play it in a loop/ play it in a loop online) and multiple channels playing a popular number day in and day out that makes it “old” very soon.
It could also be the number of songs being churned out on a daily/weekly basis that makes a song that was released last year, “old”.
Yet another reason, (that is of slight concern) could be our constant and never ending “need for something new”. We get bored of anything that we have done/heard earlier. We see this trend in every aspect of life. “Boring Routine” is a very common phrase these days. We don’t realize that routine is what gives stability to our world. By prefixing it with “boring” we are only demeaning it. Just like the word “routine” has lost its charm , the word “old” has lost its grandeur.
Ed Sheeran has already churned out a couple of songs after “shape of you” and they have also become “old” by now. So it’s not about the song or the singer at all. Calling an year old song as “old” is only an extension of our general thinking pattern.
As much as we have learnt to increase the longevity of human body, we have sadly lost the ability to appreciate and celebrate the longevity of anything and anyone around us.