Old School Ain’t What It Used To Be

Posted: November 22, 2009 in Music

I started to title this note, “Smells Like I’m Getting Old,” but I couldn’t decide if that was funny or disgusting.

Anyway, church was cool this morning. The youth group led both services, and Hillary got to sing alto alongside her youth minister on the praise team. It was neat to see that she was a natural.

Preacher Ken was out of town, so it fell to Campus Minister Thomas to preach on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” He did a really good job with it. Just think about it: about the only intelligible line of the song is “Here we are now / Entertain us.” In many ways, that sums up American Christianity. That’ll preach.

But here’s the deal.

Jody & I went to late service because we were asked to help serve communion. Late service is mainly the one the college students go to, so when Thomas asked how many people had never heard of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” we expected the hands of the few older folks to go up. And they did. BUT… there was a significant number of college students who had never heard of it!!!!!

This is when it dawned on me that I am really getting old. Kurt Cobain’s big hit came out in 1992, just after the college freshmen were BORN!


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