The other day, there was an article on Buzzfeed called, "21 Times People Realized They're Officially Old." One of the first items on that list was: hearing songs from when you were a teenager on the oldies station. I can say that I honestly felt that deep in my soul. Growing up, there were certain radio stations that my mom would listen to. Those stations would play all sorts of "oldies" tunes. Music I had no real interest in. But in recent years, those same radio stations have begun to play the music of my youth. The songs that have meaning to my life. Songs from Britney Spears, Nsync, Spice Girls, Ricky Martin, and on and on the list goes. The songs that matter most to me are now considered oldies. It is a strange shift to go from the target demographic in most things to...well....not the target demographic in most things. The Top 40 radio stations now play music that I cannot stand. The new releases section is overloaded with CDs from artists I do not recognize. When did this happen? I'm not exactly sure, but it is a strange feeling nonetheless. Though, there is one artist who makes me feel both old and young.
Olivia Rodrigo makes me feel old in the sense that she is only 18 years old and is a newer artist, who recently released her debut album. (Though Disney+ fans will recognize Olivia from the incredible High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.) Olivia Rodrigo makes me feel young in the sense that I am actually listening to a new artist. Who knew it was still possible! If you couldn't tell from the post thus far...most of the music I listen to is either older or from artists who have been around for quite some time. A lot of the newer releases just don't click with me. I don't get the hype anymore. Except for Olivia. This is probably because her work so far has been pretty referential. For starters, there is HSMTMTS. This High School Musical inspired show is all about throwbacks to the 00s. It includes songs from the High School Musical Disney Channel Original Movie and even features guest appearances from millennial favourites. Olivia being on HSMTMTS only makes sense, since this starlet seems to have a serious love affair with pop culture moments from days past.