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Old 02-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #21
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...So Andy, it isn't just that we are getting old and crotchety. Compared with our music, this stuff sucks.
Careful! I imagine our parents said the same thing about rock and roll, thinking about Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, etc. No doubt they were thinking, "...compared to our music, this stuff sucks!"
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:20 AM   #22
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Darn, I thought musical parents was going to be like musical chairs.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:57 AM   #23
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Enjoyable Thread

I have read all the posts on this thread ... Cool ...

Enjoyed alot ...

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Old 02-28-2012, 12:04 PM   #24
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My mother had no musical inclination whatsoever, but my dad was a pretty decent singer - and whistler. Funny how dads seem to have a knack for whistling.

I actually traveled the country for 13 years as a professional musician. Performed in 46 of the 50 states and 3 continents. I also had the honor of playing as part of an opening act for the Beach Boys (1992? 1993?), as well as birthday parties for both Don Rickles and Kenny Loggins (though not at the same time, lol). Those days are long past, though. Other than occasional gigs with the community orchestra, I don't play all that much anymore.

I try to keep a very open mind when it comes to music, and there are quite a few newer acts that I like a lot. Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, and Coldplay all have their merits. And much as I hate to admit it, if you strip away Lady Gaga's questionable antics and fashion, she really is a good singer and performer.

I've always told my daughter that a good song is a good song. It doesn't matter when it was written. Every generation has theirs.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #25
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Lots of music in my house as a kid. My mom was a cellist w/ the local symphony and my sibs and I were all expected to learn to play piano and some other instrument. My maternal grandmother was a pianist who gave lessons later in life and played in some cool venues. Paternal grandmother was a singer who never quite hit the big time but instead spent years in the chorus of the metropolitan opera company. As kids we listened to all kinds of music and did a lot of singing. I still remember the entire H.M.S. Pinafore :)

Interesting breakfast fact: When I was really little my paternal grandparents lived with us; they were quite elderly at the time. Gran used to do her vocalizations (vocal calisthenics) each morning before her breakfast. Imagine a rooster visiting a proctologist and you have the sound about right... Then she had breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with a thick layer of brown sugar. Then bourbon poured on until the sugar was saturated. She also had some toast.

All that music rubbed off I guess. I have a band and sing a bit. I like grapefruits and can report that it's pretty good with brown sugar and bourbon ;)
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I've always told my daughter that a good song is a good song. It doesn't matter when it was written. Every generation has theirs.
I couldn't agree more. To take it a step further, I think that it is counter productive to get wrapped up in genres. Often times I hear people say I like all music except rap. I am not a rap fan, but I have never come across a style of music I could not find something to like in it. I find it humorous when people are embarassed because they like a certain song or artist that might not be very cool or something. I like music because it makes me happy. If a song by Barny the purple dinasaur sings a song that does that for me then I will listen to it loud and proud.
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1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with a thick layer of brown sugar. Then bourbon poured on until the sugar was saturated.
That sounds so good!
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Darn, I thought musical parents was going to be like musical chairs.
Now that could be interesting...
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Careful! I imagine our parents said the same thing about rock and roll, thinking about Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, etc. No doubt they were thinking, "...compared to our music, this stuff sucks!"
Yeah, but I listen. I often can't be bothered, because trying to find good stuff is so much effort for so little return. It's not so much that today's music sucks; it is, for the most part, so mediocre.

I'm reminded of an argument my parents had. My mom was saying that the music teenagers were listening to was all junk. I challenged that I bet there was some junk when she was younger and she said there wasn't. My dad promptly replied that he remembered a song that went, "Hey Baba Reba" and repeated, a lot. (That's also the title of the song.) Ooh, the look she gave my dad
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It's not so much that today's music sucks; it is, for the most part, so mediocre.
I think there is plenty of great music still being made. It is not that todays music sucks. It is that todays radio played music sucks. But music on the radio is just a very small percentage of what is out there. There is a ton of music that never makes it to the radio that would blow you away.
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