Boy Band Believer

By Cathy Thurber

A text from me to my 15-year old daughter:

“That moment when you leave the car running in order to hear the end of a One Direction song playing.  And you’re 40 years old.”

God help me.  Somehow or another at 40 years old I can apparently still get infatuated with boy bands.  Now, that was fine when I was younger but now that I’m in my fourth decade and I’m supposed to be “mature” (yeah, right)…..I get a lot of flak for it.  I do have friends who are obsessed with boy bands (*cough* Jen *cough*) so that makes me feel a little bit better.  They are a lot younger than me, though, and were part of the whole 90’s boy band craze with The Backstreet Boys and N’Sync.  I was an 80’s kid who loved hair bands through and through.  I never really got into any boy bands from the 80s, unless you count Duran Duran as a boy band, which I don’t.  However, sometime in the early 2000’s I started listening to N’Sync.  I even had an O-Town cd, believe it or not.

Now, with my daughter constantly playing One Direction, I have found myself in love with a band that screaming teenage girls follow like the Deadheads follow The Grateful Dead.  Ok, well maybe they’re not THAT dedicated.  At least I don’t act like a screaming teenage girl when I listen to them or see them on TV.  But, it has reminded me that no matter how old I get, I am still a 17-year old girl stuck in a 40-year old body when it comes to music.  I’m eclectic – I love 80’s rock music, country music, hard rock/metal, some 60’s and 70’s classic rock, Christian rock, and Motown.  You can even throw in some Big Band, Irish music, classical, and a little bit of rap.  But I LOVE pop music and boy bands.  Britney Spears, The Wanted, Christina Aguilera, One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, and N’Sync – they all keep me going during my workouts or when I need to jam through a work day.  I rock out to them in the car with the speakers turned way up.  I even sing their songs in the shower.  What does this say about me?  I think it states that I’m young at heart.  And what could be better than that?  So, all you boy band haters out there…..step off.  At least we know what a good thing is when we hear it.

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