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The Pride And Prejudice Of Rock And Roll Generation - The Baby Boomers

January 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 177

When my Grandmother was in her late eighties she told me that she didn't feel any different, mentally or emotionally, than she did at thirty. Her body was falling apart but inside she felt the same. Perhaps we Baby Boomer rock and roll fans are never going to "grow up" and are going to be teenagers until we die. Amen to that.

As Baby Boomers we grew up with the concept of a "Generation Gap." something I believe is unique to our generation. It is a separation between us as a generation and our parents that does not dissolve with us becoming adults or parents ourselves. Our identification with our generation is as strong in some of us as our identification with a religious, political or ethnic group.

An interesting illustration of this was the television series All In The Family where middle class, middle aged and conservative Archie Bunker clashed comically with his son in law, young, liberal Mike Stivic. One episode in particular always stood out to me because it showed how the characters' differences could be used for humor even in the most mundane of circumstances.

In this episode there was an entire scene where Archie and Mike argued over how to put on a pair of shoes. What is especially poignant to me now about this scene is that although originally I agreed with Mike's argument, he puts both his socks on first before putting on his shoes, I now agree with Archie who puts on a sock and a shoe one at a time. I never thought I would ever agree with Archie Bunker on anything!

What this scene now shows me is that age itself is a factor in life's many decisions and politics, religion, morals and ethics sometimes have nothing to do with it. Sometimes one's beliefs are caused by nature, not nurture. In this case I have learned, unfortunately, that with age, bad knees and the addition of a serious amount of bulk, it becomes rather difficult to get one's foot up onto one's lap so once it's there it makes much more sense to put on both the sock and the shoe at one time. At Mike's age it's no big deal and it feels great to have stocking feet for a while before the cold, hard shoes go on. But at Archie's age it's easier and thus less painful to just get it over with and get the whole foot shod rather than having to lift both feet up into your lap twice.

No matter how much you may be determined to never become your parents, if you think of them in terms of their age you will inevitably and eventually become just like them, old. Of course, that's only if you're very lucky.

Neal Warner is an artist, writer, musician, member of the multimedia band, The Tooners, founder of Director's Clip, The Music Video and Internet Video Sponsorship Site ( ) and Rock & Roll Rehab, The Satirical Self Help Program For the Control of Rock & Roll ( ).

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