Interviewee: Alice Wathan
When interviewing my grandma I had a lot of fun. It was neat learning from her experiences and being able to learn about some of her childhood that I did not already know about. Because she is always listening to her records I decided to start off with that subject. When I brought this up I found it interesting that her face lightened up and it was almost as if she was glowing. I asked her many things and I loved the way she went into so much detail about a specific artist. She talked about Rockabilly a lot! I can’t remember everything she said because she talked to fast but I do remember that she said “He was the best country western artist of the 1950s.” She said that she never listened to Rock & Roll until recently because when she first listened to it she thought that the music was sinful. I found it very interesting that she thought a whole genre of music was sinful. Her parents had put limitations on when she could listen to music. The only time the family listened to music was when everyone home was listening to it, and they all had to agree on the artist and songs. She said that the records were generally around $3.00. It’s crazy to think of how little money that is. Now a days CDs are about $20.00. When I asked how she found about the artists she listenend to her response was “My best friend always new about new artists & who was good. I usually listened to her!” Her parents of course liked to listen to records as long as it was music they approved of.
The next thing I talked about with my Grandma was the radio. The first thing she said before I even asked any questions was “I remember getting our first radio, and listening to the stories that used to air on the before television became available.” She preferred to either listen to her country western music or detective shows. She spent about a half an hour going over and over different scenarios...