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.