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Old 01-19-2009, 07:55 PM   #41
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After re-listening to these sappy songs of my youth. I resolve never to complain about rap music again.
I'm pretty sure that in any given year, about 99% of popular music is junk.

During my 'formative years' in developing taste in music, I would focus on the stuff I liked ( a good % stood the test of time, some sure didn't), and I shut out what I didn't like. Most people probably do the same. So I look back on the 1% that I associate with that time, and say, "Boy there sure was some great music in the 60's and 70's". But in reality, there was a lot of junk also.

Now, you get to the 80s, 90's and on, and I just wasn't that in tune with the pop music of the day. So, when I hear a random selection of it, 99% of the time I am going to be disappointed, and think that there was very little good music from that time. But probably the same % was good stuff, just my perception is different.

This works going back in time also. When I became aware of the great jazz and swing artists from the 30's, 40's and 50's, I went through my parent's old record collection, thinking I'd find some treasures. All they had was junk! I asked my Mom about Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, etc and she said something like "Oh yeah, Duke Ellington. No, I never bought any of his records...".

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Old 01-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #42
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I'm pretty sure that in any given year, about 99% of popular music is junk.

So, when I hear a random selection of it, 99% of the time I am going to be disappointed, and think that there was very little good music from that time. But probably the same % was good stuff, just my perception is different.
Good comments ERD50 - most popular music is junk but there are some gems among the garbage. I have a question for everyone. I feel as though I'm stuck in the past with music which is common for people in my age group. I used to derive great pleasure in discovering new up and coming artists. Nowadays, I pretty much stick to the "oldies" station on the radio.

I'm curious if anyone has discovered modern artists old fogies like us can enjoy. The only artist who comes to mind for me is Mary J. Blidge. The woman can sing and has done some great music. "Rainy Dayz" blew me away and I've followed her since. However, I suspect I'm missing out on some good stuff.
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... I have a question for everyone. I feel as though I'm stuck in the past with music which is common for people in my age group. I used to derive great pleasure in discovering new up and coming artists. Nowadays, I pretty much stick to the "oldies" station on the radio.

I'm curious if anyone has discovered modern artists old fogies like us can enjoy. ... I suspect I'm missing out on some good stuff.
Same here. I overhear a few things from my kids, so that helps. But in general, the stuff that seems to catch my ear is the stuff that reminds me of the 60's 70's music that I like. So it's still kind of a retro thing. John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Wilco are a few that come to mind. They put a new spin on some of it though, and you also pick up on their more 'modern' stuff, so it's a start. Alicia Keys is fantastic, but I don't know that I would call her music all that different or modern.

Likewise, I use to hop from one Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock club to the other in Chicago in the 70's and 80's. Not uncommon to take in 2 or 3 shows on any given weekend and plan how we could cross town and hit the different sets on time, and it was mostly excellent, but often no-name local talent. But today, I wouldn't even know where to start.

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As a parent of a 14 yo, I can assure all that some good rock-n-roll is still being made.

It may not be the same style as whenever you were young (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's) but R&R is alive & well, and in a lot of ways it's still the same. (Of course, there's a lot of cr*p out there too, as there always was.)

While I enjoy my old music, I make a point to keep up & appreciate the new (when deserved) as well.

For those of you into "mellower" or more "sophisticated" forms of music, well I don't know - I don't really get to hear much of that at home nowadays.
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Some other blasts from the past. Maybe someone is cranking out stuff this good today, but I'm not hearing it. (I sound just like my dad).


Stevie Wonder: (live in a single take on Sesame Street! Watch out--the funk will ooze all over your desk) This was the first 45 record I ever bought.
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Such a huge Little Feat fan! I love those guys.
My favorite Skynyrd song is the acoustic "All I Can Do is Write About it.
My teen heart-throb was Paul Young. Saw him in concert at 13 at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC--pretty much a highlight of my entire life up until that point! LOL!





Gawd, he's still pretty hot looking! Mmmmmm!
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samclem, I think we share many similiar tastes in music. Little Feat were fanstastic and Superstition still blows me away - simply can't sit still listening to Stevie! I remember poking fun at my dad who claimed so one could be as good as Sinatra or Glenn Miller. But then came Hendrix, Clapton, Garcia.....
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While I enjoy my old music, I make a point to keep up & appreciate the new (when deserved) as well.
I did too until DD grew up and moved out. Once they're gone it's a lot harder to justify listening to all the crap just to find the few decent songs. Especially when you can load up the Ipod with good stuff and listen to screened music. I figure I'll pick up on the good new stuff from commercials in a year or two anyway.
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freebird - please, please, please read to the end ...However, one thing I've learned is, many, many *overplayed* songs are overplayed for a reason. They were great songs to begin with. And this youtube clip is great, because it sort of pokes fun at the whole thing, but in a reverent way. And I *totally* enjoyed listening to it. Thanks.
So that was good.
...I got a huge kick out of this (from your wiki link)
sorry, that just had me laughing so hard I was crying. Thanks for the link. Thanks for the great song. Thanks for the laugh.
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EXACTLY why I included that particular youtube link and the wiki link. Glad I made ya laugh.
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Oh my, just checked in to see how the convo is going, what a KICK this all is!

And thanks Freebird for the Freebird memories....

ERD, your comment about Freebird being overplayed is "itself" a cliche, sillyboy (haven't you been to a concert lately, any concert? Someone always shouts it out, always good for a laugh. DH and I often have lengthy, intense verbal arguements intellectual debates debates, and I will kick it up a bit by going, "Oh wait, I know....Freeebirdddd!", (whilst waving obligatory 'concert fist'). He's a Joneser too, so he has no choice but to giggle. It ratchets down our "my IQ is bigger than your IQ" dance every time.

This thread and everyone's sharefest have reminded me of many many faves that I have long since forgotten. Leif Garret, lol!

I was a Danny Bonaduce fan club member, lunch box stickers and all. Stick THAT in your pipe....

A few more delicious sounds:



OMG YEAH YEAH YEAH (sorry, I almost peed my pants to find this one...):

(confession - I used to fire one up and trip out to this one....oh lordy the memories...I am floating right now, just like I used to, lol!..)



and just one more, i dug this guy a great deal:



(holy cow, I just realized that last one has all kinds of legends in it...!)
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