If you live long enough you will see things go through what I call the cool cycle. Something is in style for a while, until the coolness of the style tips over. What was once cool is then out of style, after being taken over by the coolest and latest thing. After a while the thing that was out of style will be discovered with a fresh pair of eyes making it retro. Retro doesn’t always equal cool again, but if enough people revisit the retro style, what was cool once becomes a classic. If you are patient, everything becomes cool again.
It’s funny how the music I grew up listening to, is now considered old school, because, let’s face it 20 years ago was 1995. I’ve tried to make my children listen to my “old school music”, to no avail. I, like most old people, could be heard saying, “ya’ll don’t know nothing about that,” while doing all my old school dances (like the Wap, The Cabbage Patch, and the Roger Rabbit). My kids just laugh, and shake their heads. They don’t feel this music like I do.
But one day I over hear a conversation between my son and daughter, about this group she had discovered called TLC. Not only that but they were bumping the mega hit, “Waterfalls”. I interrupted to ask, “what ya’ll know ’bout that?”
My daughter said, “That’s TLC. I found them searching for music, and I really like this song,” and there it was. Turns out, she did know something about that, because that which was old became classic and cool to her.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, (and) even when he is old he will not depart from it.“
After my daughter’s “discovery”, I really began to understand this concept in a new light. When I would sit my children down and made them listen to New Edition, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, and SWV, they didn’t connect to it. In fact when my wife and I are jamming off an oldie but goodie, they still get embarrassed. But little do they know, they are learning what “good music” is. And when they forge out into the world, they will discover and connect to that which we taught them. I never made them listen to TLC, because I wasn’t that big of a TLC fan. But no one can deny that “Waterfalls” was a great song. So because of that, my daughter and I can listen to “No Scrubs” and “What About Your Friends” together!
What I’m talking about here isn’t just cool trends in music or fashion, and this isn’t about old and new school styles. But if you teach the generations that come behind you what was and is good for you, they will eventually discover what’s good for themselves. That same proverb translated in The Message Bible says, “(If you) Point your kids in the right direction … they won’t be lost.” Just because something is old, doesn’t mean it’s not still useful. If it’s REALLY cool, it will be cool again!
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