LIFESTYLE: My "Un-Mom" Band List (another way to fight off the "Mom Jean" stigma)
It happens to all of us at some point as we get older. That moment when someone refers to you as "Ma'am" v.s. "Miss". The moment when you make a reference to an old movie or general pop culture and your audience stares at you blankly, not knowing what planet you're on. And you wonder to yourself, "When did this happen?"
Sadly, that has happened a lot to me lately.
I work in advertising, and it is a "young" industry. People that work in it need to stay up on trends, music and pop culture as much as anything else related to work. I also work with a lot of young people at my agency. Something I never really payed much attention to. I just am who I am. And in my mind, I am as old as I feel, and I don't feel that old. But when we worked on a recent TV commercial using an '80's celebrity, a few people on my team needed to Wikipedia that celebrity to even find out about him. It was a massive pot hole on my road to "aging denial".
When it comes to music, I think people have a perception of what we Moms listen too. And don't get me wrong, I have a healthy dose of old Journey, Duran Duran, Madonna and Sting- just like any woman that went to high school in the 80's. But it was so funny when I was listening to The Killers & Placebo in my office. A coworker came in and mentioned how surprised they were that I was listening to those bands. (After all, I was a MOM). Now this bugged me. I am a creative leader in my organization. I have to play the part of someone that has a pulse on what is going on out there. And I really try to. It's a lot of work, but I do get help.
I have to admit, I would not get exposure to all the new indie bands out there if it wasn't for my husband. He is a huge "music snob" and is always finding new, underground bands to share with me. It's kind of his hobby. I just don't have the energy or time with all my other hobbies to stay up on it at all. But if it wasn't for him, I would be stuck in the 90's like the horrible radio stations that crowd the Chicago air waves. (well, I give WXRT a pass. They try.)
SO I thought I would share with you my "UnMom Band List". One, to share some great bands with you that you may or may not have had exposure to. And Two, to help you richen up your own playlist so that people can know how cool and hip you REALLY are. Because you are! After all, you are online, reading blogs and socially savvy. I mean, you are reading this, aren't you!?
Also, there are two great mags that help stay up on music trends and bands. One is an online magazine that focuses on music but mixes art, games and other culture called PASTE. And another great printed magazine just about music is called Under The Radar. Great stuff.
"UnMom Band List"
The Naked and Famous
Foster the People
The Joy Formidable
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tegan and Sara
Sharon Van Etten
Two Door Cinema Club
She Wants Revenge
Florence and the Machines