September 2, 2008
I don’t think I ever felt older than I did today. I had a graduate class a bit earlier in the day, and also had to visit financial aid and such. I was surrounded by undergraduates who looked like kids to me. I actually ran in to one that I taught a few years ago, and she was surprised I remembered her name. (I was a little surprised, too.)
How did I know they were undergraduates? They were wearing outfits. You know, actual coordinated outfits that have a “look.” Caps matching t-shirts matching shoelaces, which apparently are now changed to go with outfits. Just thinking about the work that must go into such a thing made me feel old.
But as Todd Snider sang, “Too late to die young now.” My favorite song about the passage of time is Snider’s “Age Like Wine”, but I wrote about that recently, so I’ll give a shout-out instead to Rodney Crowell’s “Still Learning How to Fly.” I love the line about having ten good years left in his legs. It also seems appropriate to pick a song of his, since I’ve been listening to his album in preparation to review it, and I believe time slows down when it’s on.
What are your favorite songs about time?