I’m just about old enough to be yelling at clouds and telling those darn kids to get off my lawn. You know. The age when you start thinking all the good music was written thirty years ago.
Of course I know better. There’s good new music out there all the time. It’s just that the vast majority of it flies under the radar and comes from acts you’ll never hear on the radio unless you listen to obscure college stations or are into communities where people will recommend stuff to you based on what they know you already like.
So given that I don’t listen to commercial radio these days and my perceptions of what I think I’m going to like are based on attitudes acquired through decades of listening to music, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I find something I didn’t think I would like and I’m wrong. I’m not into hip-hop or rap, and most of it leaves me cold or rushing for the channel knob, but some of Eminem’s stuff is surprisingly good. I really got into his Mosh video for the 2004 elections, for instance.
Or take Lady Gaga. How can a guy like me connect musically with a 24-year-old who has a persona that requires a name like Lady Gaga? Well . . . I’m still not a big Lady Gaga fan, although I approved of her choice of escort for the VMAs. But based on the clip below, I think I could be a fan of her songs.
Or at least one of her songs, the way it’s done by On The Rocks, an a capella group from the University of Oregon:
These guys are good. I’m still not crazy about all of the lyrics, but let’s face it, some of the stuff from the Sixties was just about as provocative in its way. And the harmonies and showmanship are first-rate and underscore the fact that this is a well-built song. I can see why she’s popular.
Just don’t expect me to be moving my Lawrence Welk LPs over in the rack to make room for her stuff.