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We Are Not One Boomer

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Some of us looked up to the Beatles and followed their spiritual leader, the Maharishi Yogi; some of us looked up to Yogi Berra; a few to Yogi Bear. Twenty years later, we learned that one of those was a complete fraud. In 1966, Time magazine asked, “Is God Dead?” Some of us had a bumper sticker that read, “God is dead.” Others had one that read, “My God is alive; too bad about yours.”


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I have always been comfortable being labeled a “baby boomer”; I feel a part of that group. And that is unusual, since I generally do not feel comfortable in any group. Basically, I am not a joiner. As I have quoted Grocho Marx before, “I would not want to be part of any club that would accept me as a member.” But being called a “boomer”? Yeah, I can handle that.

Working on this web site has, for the most part, reinforced my feelings. It is nice to communicate with so many of my peers — I can easily relate to most of you. That is particularly important since I no longer seem to be able relate to much of what I see on television, in the movies, or to what passes for music.

But in researching material for the BBHQ Music Room , it occurred to me that although there may be more that connects us than separates us, we have an enormously wide variety of tastes, interests and views. We always have.

We asked you to list your five favorite songs to help us establish the Online Boomer Top 100. As expected, we got a lot of votes for “Hey Jude,” “Satisfaction,” and “Unchained Melody.” But after that, you were all over the place. Several picked “Inna Gadda Da Vida,” while more than one chose “Bang Shana-a-Lang” (by the Archies) — as one of your top five favorite songs! Whew! All in all, we recorded over 700 different songs — and all we asked for was your top five. Not all of your favorites will make it to the Online Boomer Top 100. (We’ll keep the voting going indefinitely, though.)

I guess that does make some sense, because music changed enormously from 1955 to 1974. However, even in 1974, we were listening to not only “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (John Denver), but also “The Bitch is Back” (Elton John) and “Spiders and Snakes” (Jim Stafford).

We were indeed, not one boomer.

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