I am watching Al Green from Glastonbury now on BBC 4 and I am struck – not for the first time – about how strange the passing of time seems to be.
There is Al introducing songs by saying things like “Now we are going back to 1974…. “.
On the one hand, that doesn’t seem odd to me, even though – as a 10 year old – I wasn’t aware of Al Green at the time. What amazes me is that he is referring to a year that was, in 1999, almost as many years earlier than we are now from that 1999 concert.
I remember at being at school in 1981 and someone bringing in Desire, which seemed to be from a totally different era, but was recorded only 5 years earlier. If I think now about what was recorded 5 years ago, on the one hand it seems like yesterday but on the other hand, I might be pushed to actually identify what was out and about in 2016.
I’m not sure if any of that makes too much sense, but time does seem to have a weird telescoping effect, doesn’t it? Or, maybe I have had one too many beers!