June 11, 2012
In the summer of 1963 we were on our annual trip to the family farm in Iowa and I remember my mother had relieved my father at the steering wheel, which was a rare event because my father loved to drive. I was in the shotgun seat trying to find a rock station in the middle of Kansas. They were all pretty hazy and the roar of static was the main sound, but I finally managed to tune into a distant station that, if I remember correctly, was playing Leslie Gore's "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)". It sounded so good to be out in the middle of nowhere and there, beaming down out of the atmosphere, came this magic music for teenagers like me, which came right into our car!
Yesterday, as we drove from Sioux City, Iowa, down across the middle of Nebraska, my son asked me if I'd like to see the documentary "Nevermind" on the making of the classic, breakthrough album by Nirvana. I said I would love to rent it some time since I am a big fan of the band. From the back seat, Pattarapan asked for my cell phone and within a couple minutes she had signed me up for Netlfix Streaming and there I was in the shotgun position of the Flex, east of Medicine Bow, watching the documentary on my flippin' phone! It magically came down out of the cloud and into our car!
"You would cry too, if it happened to you."