Am I getting old or is the music just crap?
It is possible that it’s just me. That I’ve just reached that age where the music of my kid is so annoying and inane that I would rather have a root canal without anesthesia. On the other hand it is also possible that the music is just not good.
Ok, I know ‘good’ is pretty darn subjective.
We have an agreement while driving that I get the radio controls on the out journey and my daughter gets them on the return journey. It is balanced, and provides a window into the world of teen music. NOtice I did not say this was an easy arrangement.
It is pretty hard to believe that a child who cut her teeth (literally) at CSNY shows, Phil Lesh and Friends, Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival, and Dylan (albeit not some of his best shows). This child who we’ve exposed to folk/rock/classical/ Spirituals/Jazz/old time mountain music, who sang in our homeschool chorus with the name “Songs of Peace, Freedom and Praise” could turn out to be a top 40’s teen. A child who used to belt out Patsy Cline’s I Fall To Pieces… A teen running at top speed in the opposite direction of dear old mom & dad…shocking news, not.
It is not that I object to the music per say…I just don’t see the point in pretty much any of it. Most of it is run through electronic software to improve the quality and/or to add ‘supposed’ interest to otherwise boring music. There, I said it, boring. Yesterday Chris Brown was on the radio and the lyrics of the song contained 4 words…f.o.u.r. Repeated over and over again with some, shall I be kind and say, interesting electronics overdubbed. Beiber’s Baby baby baby oh, oh… and other current top 40 artists whose names I’d rather not know, with similarly shallow music. One Direction gets a few points from me for having some songs with more than four words repetitively rehashed.
When I was a teen it was all about the lyrics, not just the sound. Dylan’s Visions of Johanna was a favorite. It is a long song with vast amounts of words, some polysyllabic, with almost no repeats. I liked artists who had something to say. It seems to me that today’s pop artists are merely engaged in the business of creating some sound and collecting a check.
The first music I have a recollection of intentionally listening to (as opposed to just background sound) was the music of my uncle. Music that used to be called Country Western, the old school stuff…Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams. I still like that music today. Is there anyone cooler than Johnny Cash? I detest the current ‘country’ music. Probably for the same reason I don’t care for the top 40 stuff. Seems to me that most current country music is on par with the pop stuff…mere sound passing as music.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree I’ve been told. So I have some solace that my child’s musical house is built on a solid foundation of what I would term well crafted music. Music that has something to say.