Frances is 8 years old.
She lives in Portland, Oregon with her parents, John and Zoe.Friends of John and Zoe would say the couple knows their way around an old jukebox better than most parents their age, but Frances might not be conscious of that fact. If you were to ask the 8-year-old about her parents’ taste in music, you might hear names such as The Animals, Donovan, Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs, The Beatles and other enduring champions in the mix.
It’s a happy flowing home.
A variety of artists can be found on heavy rotation most days in Frances’ house. The Sonos and morning car rides are doing their role of helping to build a relationship with the artists and the young girl. It seems Zoe and John both had the fortunate pleasure of having some of this music enter their lives at an early age with memories that trace back to the likes of Freda Payne and Smokey Robinson. But, as the world would have it, the third-grader, like most young children, is being exposed to other types of music either through friends, movies and some more corrupt ways.
Father Time is battling these short-term musical space invaders and occasionally scooping others from the crowded streams and graciously placing them in a tank of timeless classics.
As it goes, The Post Malones and Jonas Brothers of the world unexpectedly seep into the life of young children…freaking Internet. But acting like a guardian of integrity, Father Time is battling these short-term musical space invaders and occasionally scooping others from the crowded streams and graciously placing them in a tank of timeless classics. These Easter eggs turn into the type of musical connections that tend to resonate across generations, keeps Frances and her parents leaning into life, and trots out associated memories clearer than a favorite Christmas morning. The good stuff. The stuff that tunes the world and allows us to feel young and connected to something bigger than ourselves. Thank you, Father Time.
Now, Frances might not always be conscious of her parents’ musical choices these days and the impact that is having on her approach of certain situations but we’re rather enthusiastic to see how she handles a jukebox years from now. The parents, John and Zoe were kind enough to share some tunes they might recommend to put on a timeless playlist for the young and the old.