I love music. I can’t play a lick of anything or carry a tune but it doesn’t stop me from singing out loud or making believe I’m the worlds greatest guitarist or drummer, depending on the song.
There isn’t a music format I won’t listen to because I think everything means something to someone and like all creative art forms, you never know when you might find something of yourself in those words or lyrics. Of course like many people I gravitate toward certain genres; primarily the stuff I grew up with during the fifties, sixties and seventies. That’s not a bad time period to make an argument about it being the best. If I had to narrow it down even more, I’d say the stuff that came out of the sixties was the very best. Of course I’m probably bias, but maybe there is some validity to my feelings.
Think about the artists that came through during that time and the music they created. The Beatles, Dylan, Joplin, The Dead, Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, The Stones, The Doors, The Beach Boys, The Who, Pink Floyd, Creedence, The Kinks, Led Zep, James Brown, All of Motown, Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, The Four Seasons, The Animals, Zappa, The Everly Brothers, The British Invasion groups, Chuck Berry.
And I’m just getting started.
Their music is timeless.
I was watching something on television the other night, one of the few things I didn’t DVR, and two commercials came on back to back. One had music from The Stones and one from The Doors. As I was watching, I’m thinking to myself, this music is fifty years old and it’s still being played to in a way to attract the attention of consumers.
Then I thought about some of the songs that I remember hearing for other commercials and looked some up; Led Zep for Cadillac, Bobby Darin for Carnival Cruises, The Stones for Chase, The Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits, Climax and The Kinks for Chevy, The Ronettes for Cialis, The Who for Cisco, Three Dog Night for Citgo, The Turtles for Clinique, Fats Domino for Dr Pepper, The Zombies for Fidelity, Chad and Jeremy for ESPN.
The list goes on.
I’m not a musician but believe it was the richest period of time in contemporary music. Of course I’m not including classical music in this statement.
These are songs that young people still sing today. Fifty years later and it appears the music from that decade doesn’t have a shelf life. Maybe music in general doesn’t. Maybe we hear a song or some chords from another time and regardless of where we are or how long ago it was written, time pretty much stands still.
Still, as much as I enjoy some of the music being written and performed today, I often wonder if they’ll be playing it in the year 2066 in ways it’s being played today.
Then again, those of you around during that time will probably have a music chip implanted in your head somewhere that controls your play list, advertising preferences, movie choices and book reads, all viewed or listened to during times of deep meditation with a touch of incense.
Oh wait, that sounds a little like the sixties, doesn’t it.