On Saturday, my husband and I were on the hunt for a place for dinner we had never been to before. After going a bit out of our way around the Smiths Station, Ala., area, we ended up back on Summerville Road and at Max's, a fun little bar-and-grill-type place with an old Hollywood theme.
The walls were red and black, framed posters of Marilyn Monroe and a young Marlon Brando graced the walls, white branches lined with white lights stood in the corners. We were the first people there as the doors opened at 5 p.m., and the only one's there during the duration of our meal. It was kind of nice.
The juke box was just playing random tunes. Some of it we recognized, but other songs sounded like the type of music we might listen to, only we had no idea who any of the bands were.
"Does this mean we're old?" husband asked me.
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Meh. I suppose it kind of does. We certainly have more things to consume our time that researching new bands and going to concerts. And I feel practically geriatric when I think about Warped Tour.
Husband decided the time he stopped listening exclusively to punk rock was around the time we started being a "serious" couple. He said he grew up and grew out of a lot of what the music represents.
And since we've moved South, we've both grown a greater (and broader) appreciation for country music.
My tastes have certainly changed throughout the years, though I still hold dear music that means a lot to me. Even if I decide in 10 years that I don't like country music anymore, I'll always love "Nobody but Me" by Blake Shelton, because that's was our first dance.
I don't listen to the Counting Crows very often, but they will always have a special place in my heart because they were my first concert.
I do find it amusing that five years ago I'd more likely be at a Marilyn Manson concert than counting down the days until ticket to see Toby Keith go on sale, but I kind of love it, too.
I've always been a pretty versatile person, with an iPod full of Neil Young, Mandy Moore, Bright Eyes and Rancid.
Life's more fun with a little bit of everything.