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  •  Still love it . . . (5+ / 0-)
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    PapaChach, hazey, Shahryar, rocksout, BusyinCA

    At 58, my perspective is a bit different, but I have come to the same conclusion, I think.

    I started with the Beatles and Stones, but quickly moved on to deeper stuff - like The Band, Traffic, Hendrix, The Who, etc.  I have often opined that the 60's were so good that they continued for some distance into the 70's.  (I will admit to preferring early Fleetwood Mac to the Buckingham/Nicks version - check out their Black Magic Woman, before Santana did his, or Oh Well or Albatross to understand.)  Managed to see Pink Floyd back when Meddle was released and was able to see Springsteen from about 5 feet away - for $1 (and kind of by accident) - soon after the release of the Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.  Maybe college in Austin cemented the music thing?

    I wasn't enamored of disco - it seemed that the producers (like Georgio Moroder) had taken over from musicianship and passion.  So I was happy when the 70's music ended early and bands like the Ramones, Television, Blondie, Talking Heads, the Pretenders, Tom Petty and the Clash (long live Joe Strummer! - at least in memory) appeared.

    While rap and hip-hop haven't really caught my fancy (though some chill or drum and bass stuff finds a way to my iPod- check out Emancipator), I seem to still find great tunes.  A few years back, I took my son to see Green Day (I had bought America Idiot when it was released) and since then have made it to the Fillmore with him twice to see Blitzen Trapper.  The Decembrists, Lydia Loveless, The National, Molotov Jukebox, and yes, Old 97's are on the iPod too.  

    Lately I have also had some soul revival going on, old Stax & Motown meeting newer purveyors, like Mayer Hawthorne or Lee Fields and the Expressions.  And I have been digging into old Cosimo Matassa studio stuff (Fats Domino, Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, etc.) too, finding that junction where jazz morphed into R&B and then into rock 'n roll.

    The thing is, no one should become too locked into one era (too many people from my generation think the "classic rock" is the be all, end all and don't listen to new artists) - keep supporting the music . . . and it will continue to support and reward you.  (Sorry for your loss.)

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:06:35 AM PST

    •  Kiln House and Bare Trees are still in my (3+ / 0-)
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      PapaChach, hazey, nellgwen

      playlist. Although there is a lot of music from that time that I'd rather not hear again.

      Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length. -- Natalie Grant

      by BusyinCA on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 09:23:43 PM PST

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