For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, I chose this prompt:
1.) How has music changed since you were a child?
When I was born, I had two teen-aged sisters. Our house was filled with music by Elvis, Ricky Nelson, The Platters, The Everly Brothers…. My sisters played 45’s and “albums” on an RCA record player. Between growing up with that great old music, plus listening to it through the years, I know every word to songs that were popular when I was just a toddler.
I was still a child when the Beatles landed in the U.S. I watched their debut on Ed Sullivan and was instantly a fan (what girl wasn’t?). I became a teenager and still listened to the Beatles, along with The Grass Roots, CCR, The Temptations, Herman’s Hermits, Diana Ross… I, too, played records on a record player, and listened to those songs on an AM station on a little transistor radio.
I suppose every generation prefers the music from its youth. Listening to it brings back memories of more carefree days; we all know how a song can instantly transport us back in time.
These days, I listen to cd’s of the oldies while I’m driving, and find myself seeking out those few shopping establishments/restaurants that play the oldies. (Thank you, Bojangles and DAV Thrift Shop.) I’m afraid I just have a very difficult time with today’s “music”. I don’t see the talent in moaning or screeching your way through a song. And my aging ears have difficulty understanding the lyrics…which is probably a good thing.
And don’t even get me started on how the National Anthem has changed in recent years. (When was it re-written to be sung: “land of the free-HEE“?) Please sing it with respect and don’t try to impress everyone with how many octaves you can reach.
Yes, I realize that I’m showing my age. I know the older generation didn’t care for “our” music, either.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.*
Linking up to Mama Kat’s.
* (from “She Loves You” by The Beatles – for you young folks.)