Reflections of an Oldie but Goodie

Carlie sat at the table watching the young people dance to their music, which she believed was not worth the paper the lyrics were written on. She thought, “Now disco, that was music!”

Donna Summer singing “Last Dance,” Gloria Gaynor declaring “I Will Survive,” and the Bee Gees reminding us “Staying Alive” helped a whole generation get through some tough times in the 1970s and 1980s. She imagined that even today’s kids with their Kardashian obsession would like Rick James’ “Super Freak,” the Commodores’ “She’s a Brick House,” and even KC & The Sunshine Band singing “That’s the Way I Like It.”

These were songs with lyrics you could understand and which defined a generation that changed the world, making our country more inclusive and embracing its diversity. But every generation must make their own music, the sounds and words that aid them in understanding themselves and the world around them.

As an oldie but goodie herself, Carlie could appreciate that fact, even if she couldn’t stand their music. Those new headphones she received at Christmas were helping her keep her sanity!

Fiction written for The Three Things Challenge by the Haunted Wordsmith: disco, paper, headphones.

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