I would like to take a few minutes today to talk about the differences a decade can make. As I’ve explained in previous posts, this week has been our church’s camp, known as Singing School to those in the know, OR the Alva School of Music to those being technical. My last foray into the week long experience was approximately 8 years ago (or more) and being back in with the kids really brought this idea into focus for me. Though I know that I was at least at another year or two of S.S., the last year I really remember is 2004…so let’s take a look at what life was like ten years ago.
2004 brought us Mean Girls, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dodgeball, White Chicks, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Popular music included such unforgettable hits as The Ying Yang Twins “Salt Shaker”, Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson, “1985” from Bowling for Soup, and the incredibly heartwrenching “Whiskey Lullaby” as sung by Alison Kraus and Brad Paisley.
Perhaps most importantly, books that were published in the year 2004 include Cloud Atlas by David Mitchel, Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, and Greg Behrendt’s He’s Just Not That Into You.
For me 2004 would bring about an ill-fated marriage, multiple poems that are, hopefully, hidden away so well that no one will ever find them, a horrid car accident in which both arms are fractured, and a not one story that was finished (not even a short one!)
Now come back with me to 2014 and see how much time has changed things. I have three published novels, a blog, a published book of short stories, a daughter (no man though), and the same old adoration of chips and salsa. Books published so far this year include Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire, Jenny Han’s TO All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus, and my own Short Story Sundays by Elizabeth S. Tyree. Current popular television shows include NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, numerous talent competitions, Once Upon a Time, and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Movies hitting theatres are Divergent, Maleficent, X-Men Days of Future Past, and The Lego Movie.
Popular new music releases include David Guetta, Eminem and Rhianna (again?), Lil Boosie (why??), and something new by Blondie (I tend to listen to Pandora stations…often classic rock, or symphonic rock. Not many new radio hits there.
Obviously, things change. We went from fantasy movies like Harry Potter to Maleficent (Which I haven’t seen yet but honestly am looking forward to) and from Redneck Woman to Lil Boosie (again…WHY???). And there are so many other things that are changing almost constantly, fashion fluctuations, popular stores/brands, and political aspirations all change minute by minute — And I just watched a boy that I have known for most of his life spend his last singing school with us…and met his little brother’s new girlfriend (introduced to me as “she’s the head cheerleader”)
What are your big changes? Is there anything that happened over the past decade that has you thrown for a loop now? I know there were a few of those for me!
I would love to hear your take on this (poorly explained and written) topic!