Please (Don’t) Stop The Music

“All this new music, it’s all just noise.”

Yeah, I recently said it. I said it out loud and I said it with meaning.

When did it happen? When did I musically become my father?

I watch the Grammys and literally I haven’t heard of half of these artists. (I use the term loosely.) I haven’t bought a CD in years.

The way we listen to music has changed. We have on-demand catalogs of whatever we want. iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube…. so many ways to quickly call up The Gin Blossoms anytime I want.

It’s great to have all those songs at our fingertips. But it’s also a bit of a curse. I go to 90s music, or 60s music. I go to Broadway, movie soundtracks, or specific artists I love or feel in the mood for. I rock out to some Big Hair from the 80s or Grunge music from my high school days. Some simple Pop from Hootie and the Blowfish, Toad the Wet Sprocket or if I’m really digging in I may listen to Midnight Oil or Shakespeares Sister.

The real unfortunate part is that I don’t ever click to listen to today’s hits. I couldn’t tell you who are on the top of the charts.

Speaking of YouTube – I have to send huge thanks out to Scott Bradley and his Postmodern Jukebox. This guy and his merry band of musicians and vocalists take modern music and turn it into big band, jazz, and crooning styles.

They have a great meme about it…

… and I’m living proof that it’s true! The gang at Straight No Chaser do the same – with acapella style – so good!

So, when did this happen? I’m not too sure. I like all kinds of music. I always have. But I feel a sense of comfort, I guess, with the music of my 20s and 30s. Not only that, but I still love the music of my parents’ 20s and 30s too.

Locally, a new radio station debuted recently that plays “oldies” – 60s, 70s, 80s. It’s fun music and they play a great variety – not just The Beatles, The Bee Gees and The Bengals. I sing along, at the top of my lungs, and I’m not sorry. To me, that music is just more fun.

What about you guys? What do you listen to? How do you stay current?

Thinking about it, Oldies, Broadway, Classical….. Ya know what? I’m proud to have musically become my father – he has great taste.

No, this isn’t really my father…

-KP

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