Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Operator - Reposted

The idea of calling the operator used to be a cultural given. The whole sense of not having the information you needed, not being able to connect to the person you needed, of being a bit hapless, was immediately suggested by such a call, even with diverse musical styles. Who calls the operator now?

In Shiloh's new version, "operator" has a different meaning, though the old meaning is still vaguely alluded to.


Michael said...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show had a song called "Sylvia's mother" which also involved an operator "And the operator said 40 cents more for the next three minutes" Do you think our children would get that reference?

David Foster said...

I collected a batch of songs whose lyrics focus on various forms of communication...telephone, telegraph, mail, carrier pigeon...and posted links here:


Texan99 said...

"I'd like to speak to your biological unit."

Sam L. said...

Kids are going to have to watch a lot of old movies to have any understanding of what happened and how people lived before them.

They probably won't.