Patty Smith is amazing and always has been. I have found something profound as I have grown into my early 50's. I used to think that the music I listend to was valid, and the stuff that my younger sisters listened to was garbage, and not worth my time. I was into legendary bands like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night (and yes they did far more than pop), and most of the hair-scare bands. I was hooked on Alice Cooper as well. My little sister was into J Giels band, Bad Company, Pink Floyd, and others.
To thin that I pooh poohed them. Now they are some of my most loved bands. And the bans like Def Leapord, Poison, and the early 80's hair bands were not my style either, at first. But like Bad Company, and Pink Floyd, those bands became something more than they appeared to be on the surface. Their was talent in the composition, greatness in the guitars, a fresh sound for the time. Nirvana, STP, Queensryche, Rage Against the Machine, Metalica, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains, were phenominal in the 90's. Tool has a sound unlike anything since the polyphonic rythims of yes and ELP. Effervesance is amazing.
You come to appreciate more than just the sound. You begin to analyse and recognize the compositional quality, the artistry in the music, not just the technical ability. Age has a way of altering your perspective on things. You look deeper, appreciate the little nuances of the music, the delivery, not just the energy and decibles.
I didn't used to like classical music, and hated operal. Then I began to really listen, and was blown away. The same thing is true of the great blues artists. I disliked Stevie Ray Vaughn, until I watched him on TV, and really listened to what he was doing. And then I was amazed.
To all who say that other music forms are nothing, listen to what Fincher said when he opened this thread. Open you minds to things like phenominal drums, impossible guitar licks, and the energy and sincerity of artists like Patty Smith, Kirk Kobain, Kieth Emerson, etc. Your life will be enriched, as mine has been.
Still can't wrap my mind around a lot of hip-hop, wrap, avant-gaurd jazz, country, or opera yet. But I'm working on it. Now that guy that does the amazing piano jazz on the Peanuts cartoons, I could listen to him all day.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North