The Truth About Music and Getting Older

Some things just say it all very succinctly, like this great cartoon from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. I had a discussion a couple of years back with a friend about how newer rock bands seemed less distinct than when we grew up, and we wondered if kids today even know who all the members are in their favorite groups. They do. And they know all the lyrics, too, just like we did back in the day. If you think about, was the glut of Eighties hair bands any different than the current overgrowth of emo? I will submit, however, that it seems like more kids are listening to “old” music today than when I was a teen, and there are far fewer real rock stars emerging. Just saying.

4 Responses

  1. Lisa

    How true! You know you’re getting old when the “alternative” bands you grew up on are now considered classic rock and are being used to sell cars, sneakers, and Die Hard batteries. 🙂

  2. Gail

    I think this says it best. As taken from one of my favorite Simpsons episodes, Homerpalooza, from 1996.

    [In a flashback, a teenaged Homer and Barney are doing an acapella version of “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” in front of a mirror]

    Middle-aged Grampa: What the Hell are you two doin’?
    Young Barney: It’s called rockin’ out!
    Young Homer: You wouldn’t understan’, dad. You’re not *with it*.
    Middle-aged Grampa: I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I’m with isn’t *it*, and what’s *it* seems weird and scary to me. It’ll happen to you…

  3. Dani Tanzo

    Except not all kids listen to boring pop songs. Don’t generalize.

    • Bryan Reesman

      Yes, you’re right. And not all adults listen to rock music. I think the irony that the cartoon speaks of applies to many things in life, and I tried to be ironic with my final thoughts above as well.


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