Musical taste has made me wonder if I live in the past

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I’ve often been told that I’m old before my time. It’s certainly true to say that I’m very traditional and old-fashioned.

In fact I’m pretty much a walking, talking example of contradiction. You see, I like to be independent and my own person, but I rely on my partner, Matt, in a number of ways.

I like family traditions and events to stay the same as they were when I was a child. I don’t like certain things to change, yet I hate routine and normality. Instead I crave excitement and difference. Figure that one out!

I was driving a friend in my car this week and thought I’d put on a CD. Sam Cooke seemed a good choice – Twistin’ The Night Away, Bring It On Home To Me and Wonderful World are awesome songs to listen to whilst out and about in the city.

They’re uplifting or relaxing and mellow and what some might call ‘real music’.

Now I really do sound old, but it’s absolutely true!

Anyway, my friend didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm for Sam and so reached into the glovebox to sift through my other CDs.

They included Johnny Cash, Cher, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle (Runaway Horses is an amazing song) and a Power Ballads compilation.

After browsing through this collection, my friend looked round to me and said: ‘Who are you and, more importantly, how old are you?’

And the friend had a point. Because there was no trace of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars or any of the artists of today.

Nope, my collection consisted of a who’s who of yesteryear and it occurred to me that maybe I really am living in the past.

Is it just me, or was it better then? Or maybe it’s just the nostalgia kicking in. You know how you end up looking back at past events with fonder memories than when they actually happened?

Perhaps I do need to get into the present – and not just with my taste in music.

My friend was definitely right on one thing though. There really was no excuse for the Cheeky Girls album – that one has now been ditched.