The past week was definitely a trip down memory lane when it comes to music. It's funny how things go,you know,growing older. Let me start at the beginning. Somewhere in February I met up with my best friend,my cousin and his girlfriend. We started talking about..whatever,and then we landed on a topic that will seem to haunt me every time my cousins girlfriend is near. This topic is the dreaded "Vern you are a Hipster" ordeal,her main argument most of the time is one that which "defines" me as a hipster is the music I listen to, from the "old time-y artists",to the indie scenes etc.
My counter argument is always "The music doesn't define me,I just listen to something I like,I don't like the music that is being produced today. I hate it!"
This now would start a whole string of discussion with the four of us. I kept saying that music isn't getting AS worse as you THINK it is,YOU are just getting older. Yes there is music out there that might be "crap" to us,but the amount of records sold by these artists does not lie. If Taylor Swift,Justin Bieber,Nicki Minaj and One direction make music that speaks to THIS generation,let them be. I know I won't buy their records,and you know that you won't buy their records. There is almost no guarantee that music will go back to the way you would want it to,in fact there IS no guarantee. Yes there might be artists and a few bands here and there that might appeal to you,but to have a whole "scene" as it would have been with "Grunge" back in the early 90's or even the "Pop" era of the late 90's will never come back.
We become our parents as much as it pains me to say it. Just like how our parents told us that the music they listened to in the 60's and 70's was the DEFINITION of music,just so we will say that the 90's for us was THE definition of music,but was it really? No,not really,you just grew up with it,the situations you were in,the emotions you were feeling,the music gets imbedded with those situations,making it seem more grand. You can't connect with this music because you have become older,all those "emotions",and "feelings" you have growing up are now gone,you have a better understanding of life and don't need music to be THE defining factor to push you through it.
After we went home I didn't really bother too much with the whole discussion,but for some odd reason I did go back last week to listen to a song from the 90's. It was "Sugar Ray's" "Every Morning"...and that was the beginning of the end for at least a week . I would go and just listen to all the top songs from the 90's and early 2000's. I was swimming in a pool of nostalgia when I heard all these songs again,and it didn't matter who it was,what the lyrics were,if it was pop or not,or mainstream or not. I found myself just jammin' out with "Backstreet boys,N'sync,Spice Girls,Nelly,Busta Rhymes,98 degrees,Ricky Martin,Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Dido,Destiny's Child",you name it and I was probably listening to it,the list just went on, and on, and on. It was in that moment that I knew that what I had said that one night was correct,that you become older. The majority of the songs and artists I probably would have hated when they first came out,not because they made "bad music" but you were young and had a different mind-set as to what you THINK is good music,that and you also thought you had some manly image to protect, "Who me? Listen to Backstreet boys or N'sync? Bitch please." Whereas now I can honestly say that their music is very enjoyable,case and point. Now that I was listening to these songs again I said to myself "Man,the mainstream music of today makes the old mainstream music look like friggin' Mozart or Beethoven." The nostalgia really hit me in the feels last week,and now I have most of the songs on my computer in case I want to go back to planet 90's/early 2000's. All aboard the Venga airways indeed. .