I assume people know things that I know. Right now I’m thinking of Christmas carols. As I was playing in the tea room yesterday a young mother and her little girl came over to watch me as I played. (That’s always an interesting happening.) They came over so the little girl could see me as I finished playing “Jingle Bells”. Prior to that I had played other children’s Christmas songs, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is coming to Town”, and “Frosty, the Snowman”. I thought, hmm, I should play yet another children’s song. I asked the mother if they knew “Away in a Manger”. She said, no, they weren’t familiar with that one. I began playing it and the young mother said she recognized it a little and she tried humming along.
Another time I played “O Holy Night” and when I finished and was going on the the next song, a young woman of about 20 came over and asked me the name of that ‘sad song’ I had just finished playing. She really liked it and said she had never heard it. When I told her it was “O Holy Night” she said something like, “Oh, well I really liked it.”
Both of these instances had me dropping my jaw (fortunately not visibly). I must be out of touch with the world today. I thought everyone knew those songs. . . and I find it very sad that they do not.