Radio 5 Live has a Saturday morning feature where children review old music from parents/relatives collections.
This morning a delightful 8 year old girl reviewed Bat Out of Hell which came from her Granny’s collection. Being 64 myself & remembering this 1977 album as if it were last week, this was not a good start. The fact that it turned out to be a vinyl copy & she had to be taught how to use a record player made me feel even older.
However the bad news stopped there. She was asked to describe the record in three words & said ‘brilliant, exciting’, long pause then… ‘loud!’ She gave it 5 out of 5 &, when asked to compare it against her favourite, Ollie Murs, said it was much better!
She was then asked for her favourite track &, without hesitation said ‘Paradise by the Dashboard Light’ & belted out a surprisingly tuneful & word perfect rendition of the ‘Stop Right There’ & ‘Do You Love Me, Will You Make Me Your Wife’ bit.
Her enthusiasm was infectious & it made me think that there are many youngsters who will have a wonderful time in the coming years when they discover some of the fantastic music granny & granddad enjoyed & that some of the musicians from many years past can indeed show a clean pair of heels to the manufactured pop idols that they believe represent the cutting edge of the music industry.
The interview ended when she asked the DJ if he supported Watford. When he confirmed he did she said it was the wrong team & told him ‘Up the Rams!’ A young lady who definitely knows her own mind!
An uplifting start to the weekend.