It become the Saturday earlier than Christmas and my spouse and i have been web hosting an annual neighborhood get-together. old friends and new pals were dropping with the aid of with cookies and fruitcakes to share a piece of vacation cheer with us. The desk in the corridor became filling up with those small mementos of pink and inexperienced confections and liquid yule remembrances. however my wife and that i had already gotten the excellent present any figure ought to have. All three kids have been home. they had come again for Christmas from all throughout america and the globe. From Australia (now fortunately Boston), Ohio and California.
I appeared round at those 3 young adults; ages, 20, 24 and 27, welsh love spoons conversing with a number of their pals in addition to our vintage buddies and friends. two generations inside the identical room; chatting, nibbling and giggling. And… all listening quite fortunately to the equal music.
As an vintage rock & roller and musician, this intrigued me, so I began to listen a little greater carefully.
I observed that quite unconsciously both generations have been tapping their feet or buzzing or maybe subconsciously murmuring a phrase or two of the lyrics here and there.
All of these songs were familiar; the words, the music, the lyrics – to a room full of people ranging in age from about 10 years old to past due 60’s. I stepped into the family room to catch the stations call letters to become aware of the layout. It became what we used to name while i used to be working inside the radio industry, an MOR station (middle of the street).
these are stations specializing in playing music that will be acquainted and loved with the aid of the widest variety of target market feasible. So then what was this song that had spanned a half of a century and is now familiar and cherished through kids, parents or even grandparents alike?
As Bob Seegar sang, it’s that ‘old time rock & roll’. it is organizations like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton … even Sonny & Cher!
And mind you, this turned into no longer an ‘oldies’ station. This turned into ‘middle of the street’. song for all people.
I started to assume. How did the tune that typified the feelings of rebellion and unfettered love, evolve from the tune that separated my generation from my parents’, and emerge as the music that my children nevertheless love these days?
To be brutally sincere, as my 20 year vintage son Chris tells me, “Dad the whole lot your technology did turns into the usual find it irresistible or no longer – because there’s so rattling a lot of you.”
authentic sufficient. keep in mind that humorous chart they confirmed us as children? the one that they defined as an ‘elephant moving via a python’ because every new phase that we, the Boomer children entered, could explode out of percentage in populace and have an effect on to all preceding generations – or to any generation due to the fact!
Is that good or awful?
well probable each. We truly raised the collective recognition approximately things which includes racial injustice, warfare and poverty. but mockingly enough, in all likelihood one of the most a ways attaining effects the toddler Boomer (my/our era) can have on the social fabric for generations to come, can be the dual revolution/evolution that we had on the 2 objects that make the arena of teenagers go ‘spherical. song and sex.
Yeah, I know I omitted the 0.33 a part of the 1960’s triumvirate of ‘intercourse, tablets and Rock & Roll’. however quite frankly I assume in case you asked everyone who lived via the liberated 60’s to choose the maximum crucial out of that 3, it would be no contest. it might be Rock & Roll and intercourse every time. And to any of my fellow ‘Boomers’ who’re clucking their tongue (hummm is that a Freudian slip?) and/or shaking their head, i’ve but one question. What were you doing at some stage in the ‘summer of love’ in 1967?