On the hill: Music over the mountain | AspenTimes.com

On the hill: Music over the mountain

Bob Ward
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – I have to give my kids credit for this one. We were waiting for our last gondola of the day on Saturday, and they insisted on catching a red one. As usual, Daddy was in a rush and wanting to hop on the first bucket that passed, but what was the rush?

We waited, and caught the next red gondola car – a group of five, three from our family and two friends – and immediately the kids called for music.

Of course, I’d forgotten about the iPod docking stations that the Aspen Skiing Co. had placed in all the red gondola cars. There we were with a bucket to ourselves and an iPhone in my pocket.

“OK, who has a request?”

There were calls for all kinds of stuff, and of course no agreement. We ended up head-banging to “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” and one nutjob kid actually danced in her ski boots. Then it was “Ring of Fire,” before we turned down the volume to have a conversation.

Still, it was cool to create our own soundtrack while dangling hundreds of feet above Ajax. Gave us a story to tell Mom when we came home.

On Sunday, after delivering two kids to their AVSC coaches, I happened to catch another red gondola car and had it to myself. What luck! I cranked “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” and soaked in the views. I had to quit skiing around noon but later on, as I did chores back at home, I got a text from my oldest son, who crowed that he was listening to AC/DC again on the gondola.

I thought this was hilarious, but I also hoped he wasn’t driving some hapless senior citizen bananas. These docking stations obviously open the door to some serious social friction.

I’m dreading the day when I’ll hop on a gondola and have to endure a quarter-hour of Lady Gaga. Until then, however, I’ll look forward to the days when, in the right company, we can enjoy another 14-minute party above Aspen Mountain.

And I promise not to inflict my musical tastes on any Dylan-haters who might join me on a red bucket.


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