Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I do not like Ranchero Music.
For those of you who do not know what Ranchero Music is, it sounds similar to German Ompah Music, except they add a accordion and a few off tune other musical instruments.
The only radios stations that we can pick up in Patzcuaro, all seem to have pretty horrible music.
I wouldn't mind music like I hear in Mexico City on a few stations, you know the nice, Latin music, like Bose, or Paloma San Basilio.... But no, we only have Ranchero Music.......I guess it is an acquired taste.
There is not a plethora of radio stations from which to choose from like in the states.
So, cue the satellite radio.....XM to be exact.
Back to the story.
I seem to listen to the 60's music channel.....it is 60's tunes without any commercials. For you real old fogies they have a 50's channel and even a 40's channel for the Glen Miller group and Kay Kaiser with Ishkabibel.......(That's what my folks use to talk about)
Anyway, listening to the music makes me really melancholy. I haven't figured out if that is is good or bad.
At my age I seem to want to gravitate to how good those days were.
I don't know if that was because I was walking around with my head in the clouds, enamored with the excitement of my exciting job...., girls or the fact that the most important thing of the day was if I could afford to fill the tank of my 57 Ford Fairlane Convertible.
Life seemed to be really good then...
The music lyrics were understandable.
After all how much simpler is there than Yummy Yummy Yummy I have love in my tummy?
Or Ferry Cross the Mercy.
Or Jay and the Americans with "Only in America".
Gas was about 40 cents a gallon, actually it was about 35 cents a gallon.
In the mid 60's Lyndon Johnson was president, and Humpty Dumpty was vice president.
Well actually it was Hubert Humprey, or as Jimmy Carter called him on a nationally televised speech, "Hubert Horatio Hornblower". Gotta love Jimmy Carter........ talk about dim bulbs......the 60's were so nice. Except inflation at one time peaked at around 15 % or so.
The Dow Jones was around 950, Federal Spending was 118 billion...... Unemployment was about 5% average price of a new house was 21000, First class stamp was 5 cents, Regular gas was 31 cents, Dozen eggs was 53 cents and a gallon of milk was 95cents......
So the 60's were kind of neat, the only problem is that when I listen to the music, I plant myself and start thinking of things I use to do and people that I use to associate with.
I am sure there were negative things, but for some reason I only remember the good things........
I wonder in another 10 years will I reminisce about the 70's?
Naw......I don't think so.