June 29th, 2010 by Regina Brett
My nephew Luke is staying with me and my husband for three weeks to attend a summer theater program. He's 18 and ready to head off to college soon. We're in our 50s and forget what it was like to be 18.
Luke listens to music I've never heard of, but then we old fogies listen to music he's never heard of either. He mentioned a band name Muse and asked me if I'd ever heard the song "Starlight." Nope, I shrugged. He looked stunned. I kept an open mind and told him I'd check it out.
Later that night, my husband and I were talking to him about songs from musicals we liked and mentioned the song, "I'm nothing without you" from City of Angels. Nope, he shrugged. Never heard of it. It seemed like we had a bit of a generation gap.
The next day, I checked out Muse on YouTube. Great band. Great song. Great light show. When I told Luke I had listened to it, his eyes lit up. Then he told me he had gone online and listened to "I'm nothing without you" and really liked it. My eyes lit up.
How cool to discover that our taste in music wasn't a divide, but a bridge.