Another article about the popularity of classic rock with some of today’s teens. It’s pretty much a rehash of the article I posted a while back, but may have some additional content that the original article did not contain.
One thing I don’t understand is the statement made by the author that was quoted in the article when he said: “But maybe the ultimate offense – the new, best way to offend your parents – is to listen to the music they were embarrassed to listen to.”
I don’t know about the author, but I was never embarrassed to listen to the music I loved. I would drive around in my car with my windows open and the sounds of Heart, Rush, Kansas, Yes and many others blaring from my speakers. In fact, since I considered that music so cool, I wanted other people to hear what I was listening to since I thought some of that “cool” would rub off on me.
I still listen to the same music today, and as a forty-something dad, I am still not embarrassed to listen to it. After a while you stop caring so much about what other people think and just do your own thing, not worrying about what is considered “cool” or not.
I could not be more thrilled that my own two teenagers are classic rock fans. Loading their MP3 players up with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pink Floyd, Journey and Boston. Sure, there are some more current bands they enjoy as well, but thankfully, their interest has been confined to stuff that can still be considered rock, and they have stayed well clear of that “other” stuff that seems so popular these days.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand what passes for “music” these days. Come to think of it, if I were listening to that crap, I think I might end up being embarrassed after all.