If your music can be heard from the second floor of a building your music is too loud. Especially if you are in a convertible.
Toto – Africa
In memory of their former bass player Mike Porcaro who passed away on Sunday. This group was a part of the soundtrack of my youth.
Age is just a number, in a lot of things. However there are things that people of different ages don’t know much about. Music is one of those things that can bring people together or make them realize they are from different generations.
Not to say a younger person doesn’t who Barry Manilow is, but often they don’t. Manilow also wrote the theme to “American Bandstand” and many of them don’t know what that is either. Then again many folks my age don’t know Iggy Azalea from Jay-Z. We remember when MTV played music videos or at least more than they do know.
There are a lot of culturally hip older folks, I try to stay tuned into the now. It can be challenging because trends in music change quickly. Music is timeless but some music is very generational and specific to the era. Sometimes you want a great story teller like Brad Paisley while other times you just want some more light-hearted fare like Meghan Trainor. Occasionally you gotta have some classics like the Beatles while at times you crave Nirvana.
Whatever you listen to I hope it inspires and informs you more about yourself and the world we live in now. Rock on!
Songwriters are what can make and break a singer. I think they take a talented voice to a new level. Songwriters from pop to rock to soul to country often go unsung. Without them there is no music and that would make the world a lesser place.
I enjoy country music. I think some rap is good. But I don’t think the two should be mixed together. This makes country look desperate and it seems like they are trying too hard. Rap from the 1980’s and 1990’s I like when it was fun. Whoever thought country and rap together was a good idea should be beaten with a wet noodle.
So, today I learned a new term for the music of my generation, “Dad Rock”. Music from people like Huey Lewis and the News, Boston, Phil Collins, Genesis, Kansas, Supertramp, Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Rick Springfield, Styx, Toto, Chicago and the list goes on.
I am not a dad but I won’t shy away from embracing the term. Friends I am a middle-aged person who came of age in the 1980’s.
As the scene is dominated by Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Beyonce’, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, etc. today its safe to say that “Dad Rock” in some way influenced today’s talent in much the same way my father’s “Dad Rock” inspired the music of my generation.
It is still interesting that music of my generation is being used in commercials to appeal to my age range. It’s all good though.