Cookouts, bar-b-ques, family reunions, and parties can be a time of fun, especially when the music begins to play.. I remember 3 generations of my family listening to the same musical recordings during late 1960’s through the early 1980’s.
We all sang along with Marvin Gaye, Elton John, The Temptations, Jackson 5 and other artists of the era. My mother and I owned many of the same albums. I also recall my great aunt,(my grand ma’s sister), singing about The Crisco Kid.The song by the group WAR was actually entitled The Cisco Kid.
My great liked Gladys Knight and the Pip’s, but was weary of Midnight train to Georgia. This was a big hit, and Ms Knight and her Pips, and they sang it on many televised variety shows. My great grandma would not like much of today’s music., It is iso sexually explicit, and filled with profanity, that it shocks older adults. There is a way however for everyone to enjoy letting the music play at family gatherings.
I attended a fund raiser a few years back at 202 Market. I noticed the DJ went back and forth, playing music from the 80’s 90’s and current songs. I decided this would be a good idea for our next family gathering. Before I could make the suggestion, another relative had already put this idea in motion.
I recentl attended a cookout that was a combination birthday party and high school graduation for my husband’s great nephew. The DJ’s played a mixture of current and older songs. There was a line dance for the young crowd, and a soul train line for the older ones of us. Thankfully no one did the Electric Slide. I never bothered to learn this dance and always get annoyed when I see it being performed.
The DJ’s kept a continuous flow of music going. The host motivated everyone, young and old to get up and boogie. The interaction between the generations was wonderful. The younger generation did the soul train line, along with us olsters. We did not participate in their line dance, but enjoyed watching.
By not limiting the music to one genre, there was not a feeling of being old and out of touch. Often those hosting such gatherings play only the music that is or was relevant to their day. If you will be hosting a party, cookout, bar-be-que, picnic, or any gathering where there will be several generations, here are some tips.
1. Get a really good DJ who can Include music for each generation
2. When you play current songs, please use clean versions out of respect for those who do not desire to listen to profanity or sexually explicit lyrics in music.
3. Encourage everyone to participate. Of course most seniors are not going to be familiar with today’s
dances, but a few may desire to dance with the young people, and visa versa.
4. Let the music play. Keep the music coming, sing along, dance with the babies. Enjoy this time with family and friends.