To all my brothers who is doing unsettling bids,
You woulda got away If it was not for those meddling kids...
My greatest fear about growing old isn't physical. One day I may feel different, but I like maturing. I like becoming wiser. It was simply impossible for me to write things in my 20s that I am able to write now. All of that said, this is what I fear. I know it's Andy Rooney, but watching this, I was embarrassed for him. Rooney ends this with a jibe that notes his ignorance of Lady Gaga is fine, because kids are ignorant of Ella Fitzgerald. I suspect that he gives himself too much credit.
When I was a kid at Howard, I used to go into Ben's Chili Bowl and hit the jukebox. I always played Otis Redding, The JBs, or Sam and Dave. I knew this music for two reasons: 1.) It was what my parents played, and on long road trips their music, not mine, was the soundtrack. It's like being black in America—I knew that part of their world in a way that they could not know mine. 2.) Hip-Hop created a culture of Digging In The Crates. The notion was that digging through crates and crates of records to find a gem was something to be prized.
Whatever you think of the music, no self-respecting hip-hop head, at that time, could ever get away with saying, "Man, I don't be listening to no Ella Fitzgerald!" Your friends would have looked at you like you were crazy. Knowledge—not the kind of ignorance Rooney evinces here—was prized. I remember going into Ben's and the old heads looking over and going, "Son, what you know about that?"