“takes me back to my childhood”
I have heard these statements bandied around a fair bit this past week and was even known to ‘tweet’ a few myself. “Why, you ask?” Well the return of that all singing all dancing one hour of good clean fun that was known to all that were born pre 1990 as “Young Talent Time”
To all who shared the joy (and I know that there are many of you), the return of the modern version of Young Talent Time has brought back memories of the songs, the costumes, the dance routines and of course the talented team members we loved and loathed. Only I didn’t actually loathe any, I was just insanely jealous of their ‘best life in the world’! What mother of an 80’s kid didn’t hear at least once the words “mum…. please can I join the Young Talent Team”?
For me however, Young Talent Time held a very special place in my childhood. You see, my mum worked at Channel Ten, and as a result, I spent all day of her Saturday shift down the corridor, sitting in the studios of Young Talent Time, watching the rehearsals in preparation for the Saturday night taping of the show. I would sit for hours learning every word to every song and every dance move to every routine in the hope that they may call on me should a team member be unable to take their place. Believe it or not that never happened. I did however, make numerous cameo appearances as they often called on myself and my cousins and friends to be a part of a pseudo audience when they needed to pre-record a segment. So that is probably my biggest claim to fame to date.
Once home, I would sit for hours watching the enormous number of VHS tapes of recorded episodes, growing up alongside Tina, Vinnie, Katie, Natalie, Tim, Bevan, Greg, Lorena, and of course Danni Minogue. I remember sitting in the rehearsals near her big sister Kylie and thinking to myself “I wonder if she wishes that was her up there on the stage?” Little did I know that same sister would soon be one of the biggest pop singers of our generation.
All this nostalgia got me thinking. I wonder what my kids will look back on as a major contributor to their childhood. What song, tune or little ditto will stop them in their tracks and transport them back to their younger years? I think that it is unlikely to be one or two particular television programs, artists or bands (I also had an obsession with Abba but I’ll save that for another day) as developments in technology have inundated them with a gazillion choices in forms of entertainment. It is probably also unlikely that anything could keep their attention and endearment long enough before the next big thing comes along.
I guess one must be confident in knowing that in moving with the times and embracing the changes that surround them, my kids will still look back with many, many fond memories of their childhood. They’ll just be different to mine.
Is there a particular show, song or movie that takes you back to your childhood? How about your own children?