They look young and I feel old

My new car has XM radio, and I like the decades stations.  On the rare occasion that I find myself in the car alone, if there’s nothing good on talk radio (no Dennis Prager, no Hugh Hewitt, no Michael Medved), I immerse myself in the music of the 40s through the 80s.  My personal music memories span the years from about 1967 through 1987, but I like the stuff before 1967 as well.

Yesterday, as I was driving along, I heard a song that I swear I haven’t heard since 1985, when it was a huge hit, along with the accompanying, eponymous movie, St. Elmo’s Fire.  Listening to it, I was reminded of what fun the music from the early 1980s was, and of how much I love dancing — something I stopped doing a long, long time ago since Mr. Bookworm is most emphatically not a dancer.

With the melody still flitting through my brain, I summoned up the YouTube video, and nearly collapsed when I saw how incredibly young all those Brat Pack stars looked back then.  Sure makes me feel old.

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  • Bald-Headed Geek

    Bookworm, I think that we’re trapped in the same time warp. On my Facebook page you will find videos such as Tears For Fears’ “Shout”, Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”, Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”, etc., etc.

    And, I loved John Parr’s “St. Elmo’s Fire”!

    And…………….yes, I feel just as old when I look back at video clips from that era.


  • suek

    Ummmm…XM radio….can someone help me out here? _My_ music is classical music. There used to be two classical stations in So.Ca…the USC station and KMZRT. About 18 months ago, KMZRT went belly up…it’s advertisers had discovered that the station appealed to age 60 yrs +, and that their target demographic was in the 30-55 yr age bracket, so they pulled all their advertising. 80% of the station’s budget. Now comes the stuff I don’t understand. The station became KGO at 105.1, but they also announced that if you had an HD radio, you could still listen to the classical radio, but on one of their narrower bands – 105.15 or some such. So I started looking for information on HD radio. High Definition? Radio? Looked in stores. Asked questions. No answers. I understand that it’s basically a method that allows for narrower band widths, so that if the station owner owns the rights to 105.1, that will include .11 though .19. I think. And theoretically, he could broadcast on 10 narrow bands instead of 1 wider band. I say that, but I really have no idea what I’m talking about. Or how to get it. It can’t be satellite, because then it would be subscription only, right? So…what is XM? Could it be what I’m talking about and I just don’t know it? Or is it something else entirely that I have no idea about! Is XM a type of receiver that allows for satellite plus this narrower band width reception? or is it something else entirely?
    Somebody? Anybody???

    Oh yeah…and about the classical stuff – makes you feel young – all those old guys are dead and gone! But the fact is…there’s no accounting for taste. Whatever yours is!

  • Bookworm

    XM radio is satellite radio, which you pay for. New cars come configured for it, but you can go to a car-outfitting store and buy a satellite sound system for your car.

  • suek

    So…if you have a satellite radio, and don’t subscribe to stations, can you receive _any_ stations?

  • Bookworm

    As best I understand it, Suek, it’s subscription only — like cable TV.

  • Bald-Headed Geek

    Bookworm is correct. I’ve had XM for almost five years now, and it is strictly subscription-based. If you don’t pay, you don’t receive the stations. That said, I can tell you that if you love classical music, there are several classical stations from which you can choose on XM.

    At this time, XM is a “flat rate” service. You pay one fee, you get all the stations. That may change once the XM-Sirius merger finally is approved. There is talk that once that occurs, the combined entity will move to a form of “a la carte” programming, where subscribers would pick and choose the forms of programming they want, and would pay different rates depending on what type of programming they picked.


  • maroonedinmarin

    Bookworm: Thanks for posting the video. It’s been years 10+? since I’ve heard this song, but brings me back to my high school era as the song was on the radio then. When I moved back to my birthplace of Austin, TX after college, this song always flashed in my mind when I’d see the turnoff sign for St Elmo Rd off I-35.
    I don’t have XM radio, but recently received an I tunes card and spent spare time downloading tons of 80’s music, which always seemed like the last decade with good music, until grunge and (c)rap ruined music in the 1990’s, IMHO.

  • Bookworm

    Gosh, Marooned, you have brought back memories. I was living in Austin, Texas when this movie came out, and had forgotten about that turnoff!

    As for your view of music, I agree completely. I pretty much stopped listening in 1987 when melody vanished, and whining and rap took over.

  • suek

    >>you don’t receive _the_ stations>>

    _the_ stations – which are subscriptions, I understand – but what about your general run of the mill am/fm stations?

    >>there are several classical stations from which you can choose on XM.>>

    Absolutely understood. Due to circumstances too long and boring to go into, we rented a car to drive back and forth to my son’s house. Rental car had satellite radio, and we _thoroughly_ enjoyed the classical stations – especially going through the “dead zones” between about San Luis Obispo and about …King City, maybe? There’s an area in there where there’s a real dearth of radio stations – am or fm. Unless you’re Spanish speaking and/or really enjoy mariachi music or twangy country.
    If I had to spend a lot of time driving, there’s no doubt in my mind I’d find the cost of satellite well worth it. As it is, my driving is pretty much limited to about 20 minutes each day to work each way, and an occasional 2 hour trip to visit family. It’s either the free stuff or CDs for me. KUSC is usually pretty good, although sometimes their choice of classical and mine don’t mesh. I liked having two stations – if one had something particularly annoying, the other would usually have something good or at least passable.