leave your inhibitions at the door
There was one thing that really stood out in our anniversary dinner at Roy’s in Naples, FL. We had just arrived in town a few hours earlier and outside of seeing some nicer than usual cars, everything we saw was exactly what we envisioned a town full of senior citizens would be. We saw sensible shoes, slow drivers, and enormous sunglasses…
When we pulled up for dinner at 8pm, it came as no surprise that all the old folks cleared out at 5:30. I imagine if we tried to get reservations at 4:30, the place would’ve been packed.
What came as a shock to me was the music that was playing overhead. I was expecting to hear the usual –Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra or something like that. (BTW, I’m sick of Sinatra but that’s a post for a later date.) So when these songs came on, I was stunned. So much so that I stopped mid-conversation, leading Boom Boom to think she had some black sesame seeds in her teeth.
Here are four songs I heard, all in a row –
Most of these were released in the past couple of years. The one that wasn’t, Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye”, is on a lot of people’s lists for best songs ever. The others also have a lot of street cred with music elitists. That is if music elitists are in a position to give out street cred.
What they all have in common is that they’re not widely known pop songs that are recognizable by 95% of the population. They aren’t totally obscure, but enough to think that these would be the last ones I’d hear at Roy’s.
Ok, maybe this one’s the last one I’d hear.
Either way, I’m starting to rethink that growing old doesn’t mean you have to stop being hip. Or maybe the staff just changed the satellite station.