Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Tea

I've so enjoyed reading the comments on my last post (I Heart Hobbit Houses). Please read and comment if you haven't already! Well, after you read this. I love the suggestions and I'm finding new authors and titles to enjoy.

If I had a description of my ponderings this week, they would have the title "The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and the Pharaoh who didn't remember".

It all started last Sunday when Christopher arrived home from visiting a friend's church. He was telling us about their praise and worship team, finding the way they muffle the drums quite interesting. So... his dad started talking about drums and drummers... most specifically famous drummers.

He mentioned the name of Ringo Starr to which my nineteen year old son said....

"Who?" "Um... Ringo Starr... The Beatles". "Never heard of them." "You're joking, right?" (He wasn't.) "The Beatles... Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo?"

He told us he'd heard of Paul McCartney and he knew John Lennon was a famous musician who had been shot. Never heard of the others.

This little question and answer time went on just awhile longer, long enough to find out he also had never heard of the Beach Boys (one of his dad's favorite groups).

How did this happen? I don't know, perhaps because we tend to listen to our music with earphones on rather than on the HiFi like we did when we were younger. Not that I have any Beetles music but there are one or two Beach Boys CD's on the shelf.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. My husband is seven years older than me and the Beach Boys were "oldies but goodies" by the time I was in high school. Still... I was shocked to find out this generation didn't know who the Beatles were.

As I thought of it later in the day, I was reminded of the many times in the Bible that we're told of a new generation who didn't know those who had come before them. It always amazed me that a Pharaoh could arise who didn't know about Joseph. How could that be?

I thought of the following scriptures:

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 11:19

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

In this fast paced world in which we live, especially as society has changed so much since I was a child and not always for the better... how important it is for us to make that effort to pass on the old ways... the good ways. As is written in the scripture near the top of this blog, one of my life's verses... "look and ask for the ancient paths".

There are things that must be carried from one generation to another, that which may not seem important at the time. Those which we realize were the gold standard but only after the people who could have passed them on have gone to their rewards... family history and stories, beloved recipes, interesting traditions, and most of all... the spiritual heritage of God at work in the past years, giving hope and faith to children and grandchildren. Not only teaching our children God's Word precept by precept but sharing Him as a Person, one who leads us, guides us, and most of all... loves us.

Not to mention the music. Excuse me while I put some music on the CD player... vintage John Denver, perhaps Elvis (okay, so I'm an Elvis fan)... Oh, right, this is Sunday. Let's dust off those Selah CD's and set aside the itty bitty i-pod as we enjoy beautiful music from one generation to another. Until someone complains and then I'll remember why I have headphones... sigh.


scrappy quilter said...

What a wonderful reminder of past memories.

freetobeme - Anita said...

I love the Beatles, Elvis, Beach Boys, etc. Just think what Christopher is missing out on!

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I really enjoyed all of the book suggestions, too. I must give a heartfelt endorsement to Gladys Taber (I have all of her books since I reread them) and the Susan Wittag Albert books about Beatrice Potter. I had to do research and learn all about her after reading the first one. And I like the talking animals!

Friend Debra

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I'll have to go read the book suggestions. We've made it a point to share with our daughter the books, movies and music that mean something to us or are referenced alot. Like West Side Story (which she thought was sooo boring) and just this weekend an Elvis movie (which she though was hilarious)!


Packrat said...

Great post. Oh, how my grandparents could tell stories and teach us without us even knowing we were being taught!

Horrors! (LOL) Your son has never listened to the Beatles Abbey Road album??

Did your son ever watch Thomas the Tank Engine (on PBS)? If so, part of the time Ringo was the narrator. If you aren't familiar with Thomas, this series is very good for small children. It uses trains to teach sharing, fairness, safety, helpfulness, etc. And best of all, it is blessedly quiet.

Your son must have missed the oldies "revival" that happened a few years ago. My daughter, all her friends, my nieces and nephews, and young cousins (literally coast to coast and in between)were listening oldies rock and country. It was nice to be able to get in the car and not have an argument over which music we were going to listen to.

Just the other day my daughter was listening to a Steppenwolf CD - one with songs that were popular in about 1969.

Sorry for the book.

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Brenda, I think that this is the only thing I've ever read on your blog that has surprised me....not knowing who Ringo is? The BBoys? On Brenda, you've got some more serious home-schooling to do....grin.

My nephew (actually my grand-nephew...I'm tons older than you) loves music and was ASTOUNDED a couple of yrs ago at Christmas when I showed some knowledge of various songs and artists he was researching and sharing with me. He wanted to know how did I (the antique great-aunt) know about this "kind" of music; he couldn't believe that I had heard of the specific songs and he was floored when I suggested other songs and artists. I sweetly informed him that he was resarching "my" music!! I imagine he visualizes me as always looking older than dirt and never listening to anything remotely "cool." I wonder what he thinks is on my ipod...probably "elevator" music.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness. My daughter just spent a semester in London and when my son went to visit her on Spring Break they found Abbey Road, took photos crossing the street, signed the wall and everything. When they went back to the rooming house that the students are staying in, some of the kids actually asked who the Beatles were. My kids were dumbfounded! How can anyone not know who the Beatles are??? They are part of our cultural history, right? Brenda, PLEASE get out the old record albums and introduce your son to the Beatles, and the Beach Boys (who I will be seeing in concert for the second time)! LOL, I hope you know I'm just kidding around! BTW---the kids who didn't know who the Beatles were---they were the homeschoolers! I'm going to write a curriculum for homeschoolers called "The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, and other reasons parents don't understand today's music...."! Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to everyone for the great book and movie ideas; I'm really excited! I found another book today for $1 in the clearance section at Half-Price Books: The Book of Hours by Davis Bunn. I could hardly put it down to fix dinner. Another old house in an English village.

I enjoyed the pictures of your grandchildren. I didn't realize you had four!

Friend Debra