Song Feature/Monologue – Hit 'Em Up Style
I had a balls-to-the-wall stressful day at work today.
But my day started nicely, and now it's ending nicely as well.
It started out with good music, which is always awesome.
The music system for our store had just booted up. My co-worker was getting the store set up, and I walked up to the counter to grab things for the day. We usually shoot the shit while we get the store ready, but the original version of this song came on.
My co-worker, who's close to 9 to 10 years older than me, started humming the lyrics. I joined in as soon as I recognized the lyrics. Her eyes had that flicker of “Oh?” when she saw me hum with her — Then we started singing together and dancing. And then my other co-worker walked up and joined in too. We all had a fun few minutes of dancing, shaking our asses, and just being free.
She was surprised I even knew the song after.
“You must've been a baby kindergartener when this song was out! I was in middle school.”
“I probably was. I actually first heard this song through a bluegrass cover, when I was younger.”
“Ohhh, okay. I see.”
My other co-worker chirped in to affirm that she's heard of the cover I was talking about.
I have almost always gotten along with kids and people older than me. I say kids now, but honestly, I just mean any late-20-something, which is a millennial. And I usually blend in with this generation until historic moments are brought up like Y2K, 9/11, etc. With shit like that I mention, I was seven months, two years old, and so on, and the game is over. I'm singled out as an outside baby amongst these big bag oldies. And it remains that way until the conversation's reset.
(The only time I really get a chuckle out of poking fun at me and a friend's age difference is when Smells Like Teen Spirit comes on, and I let them know I was -8 years old when that came out. Their eyes widening and seeing me as not even a li'l embryo during that time — That's fucking hilarious.)
It felt nice to know that we shared that bit of culture together, even if through a slightly different messenger. It's nice pleasantly surprising people that you share something with them.
I loved starting my day with that.