During my teens and twenties I’d become irritated by older people going on about how great the music was back in the sixties. Don’t get me wrong, I loved a lot of that stuff. It just wasn’t my music. I preferred bands like the Pixies and Nirvana. I realized then that the music that means the most to us is usually what we grew up with. I made a decision not to fall into this cliché. I would never allow my music tastes to become trapped in the past. I would remain trendy right up until the end. If you saw my top 65 albums post then you can probably guess that my aspirations didn’t become a reality; only three of the albums on there came out in the last few years. I have a good excuse for my change of heart though – modern music is rubbish!
Modern Music – my arse!
I would guess that one of the reasons why older people used to hate new music was that it could seem a bit threatening – the newness of it all. Those who grew up with the cheery tunes of Elvis and Cliff Richard must have found the Sex Pistols a bit of a shock. Punk developed as rebellion against hippies and glam rock. I grew up too late for punk, but grunge and Indie music was our rebellion in the late eighties and nineties. My parents couldn’t understand my music, but they went through the same thing with their parents.
What made each generation of music special was that it rebelled against all that had gone before. The problem with the music today is that the rebellious spirit is missing. I don’t think modern music is rubbish because I feel threatened by it – quite the opposite. The current music scene is something even my grandmother would have enjoyed –that’s the problem. It is just the same old same old repackaged with no real attempt at originality. Modern music – my arse!
Perhaps music has gone as far it can go? Maybe there is nothing new to be done? I find this idea a bit sad. Music was such an important part of my life growing up – it still is important to me. I hope my son gets to experience the same. I expect him to rebel but how can he do this with modern music?
Maybe I’m Old
I’m willing to entertain the idea that the problem is me. Maybe I’m biologically programmed to find any music created after I hit my thirties to be inferior. Could it really be as simple as that? I do try to keep up with what is going on in the charts. I think it’s important to stay engaged in what is happening now and not be focused too much on the past. I have a theory that we age faster if we reminisce too much. I once ridiculed people for always listening to 60s and 70s music, like they were trapped in a time bubble, but now I’m repeating the same behavior.