Or is that insane clown posse?
Entire genres appear and disappear in a decade, instead of centuries. That could be planned obsolescence or an excess of novelty. Both are self-correcting problems, since excess can't be sustained with a scarcity of resources.
There is also how much and how often we can't avoid hearing music we dislike or are not in the mood to hear, from store PA systems, tv commercials, idiots with loud car stereos, etc.
Music has been mostly crap, since Nirvana singlehandedly killed rock, back in the early 90s.
The 3 signs to tell you that you're on the old side of the generation gap:
- You listen to your music on your Dad's old radio station
- All your music is in the $1.99 discount bin at Walmart (or on vinyl)
- Your nursing home is a public nuisance from all the loud rock and roll crashing out of it because we can't hear it otherwise, having ruined our hearing listening to loud rock and roll all our lives. :p
Good music should translate from one genre to another. Posted this in the 90s music thread, too, but its a good example: Social Distortion's 1990 hit 'Ball and Chain' redone by the band as an acoustic version. Good stuff
Well I just watched Queen with Adam Lambert at the IheartRadio festival, on you tube. He is a today's singer coupled with an 80's band. My first thoughts where that Freddie Mercury is smiling down from heaven at Adam Lambert. I have seen plenty of people TRY to cover queen songs, but none do justice to the way Freddie did them, until now.
I think most people get 'stuck' in their preferred tastes, which were formed in teen years or early 20s. My theory on this is that early on, we gravitate towards certain styles of music or even instruments and it's tough to deviate from that later. For example, I have always loved the classic R&R lineup, gtrs, bass, drums, vocals. So it's easy for me to find current artists who have a similar 'retro' vibe and easy for me to like them...but that gets old after a while. Over the years I exposed myself to more keyboards, horns etc. and now I really like a lot more musical styles and genres. I used to hate trumpets, for instance - too shrill...but then I gave them a real chance and found I liked certain trumpeters more than others. An obvious example would be Miles Davis' tone being much more mellow (generally speaking) than Louis Armstrong's...but once I got into trumpet I really came to love Louis' playing - the tone, phrasing, everything.
Then there is the whole demographic thing. I can't relate to much of the music aimed at teens today, which makes sense, because I'm old enough to be their grandpa. However, I do hear certain current pop tunes that are closer in the style/instrumentation/spirit to what I remember listening to in those formative years and I can actually relate to it. Probably not the same way today's teens do, but in a nostalgic sense.
It can feel awkward or out of step to not like current music but I think it's okay to like what you like. At the same time, you're never too old to try new things. Life's too short to limit yourself...