I don't think the word has any meaning anymore. Like fascist gets applied to bad things... cool gets applied to good things.
I'll tell you what cool really is. Cool is what happens when you're doing your own thing... because you really don't give a damn... and everyone likes it. Cool... is a rock band that looked like roughnecks just off the oil rigs... with beards down to their waists and fedoras.
Cool... is ZZ Top.
Think of the big bands you remember from the 70s and 80s. Where are they now? Styx and Kansas and Reo Speedwagon? Off touring with each other... playing to half empty arenas to people stuck in high school. ZZ Top? In 2013 ZZ Top was killing it at Bonneroo... which is possibly the biggest rock festival of the year.
You know how cool ZZ Top is? Nickleback covered Sharp Dressed Man live in 2007... and for three minutes and forty-four seconds... Nickleback was cool. That's how cool ZZ Top is.
Under Pressure. Pearl Necklace. TubeSnake Boogie. Legs. Gimmie All Your Lovin'. You can throw one on at any party... anywhere... and watch. big smiles will start showing up on everyone's face... and they'll start nodding with the beat. Every one of them.
So... if you've neglected your duties as a parent... I strongly suggest you show your youngin' this blog post. And if you're wondering what to crank tonight while you're smokin' and sippin'... well...