Forever Young with the Flavour of the Old School

Now, anyone who knows me knows that I really (and I mean really) love music.  I need music to function.  I consider myself to be eclectic in my tastes.  I owe that all to growing up in the eighties and early-nineties born unto parents who listened to anything from The Manhattans to Guns ‘n Roses.  However, as I grow older I find myself leaning more and more toward smooth and acid jazz and alternative rock.  I suppose it has something to do with the lyricism and emotion.

Talking about lyricism…I find the lyrics of most of the new songs coming out to be nonsensical. As if people no longer have anything (of value) to say.  We now deal with watered down Hip Hop.  Music with some rhythm but no real blues.  Little rock with too much roll.

I have not birthed any children of my own…but I do have a few by extension (thanks to friends and family).  I find that I enjoy the conversation of those young’uns in the throes of teenagedom immensely.

Every Friday a young master and I have something he’s dubbed The Musication (music education).  We listen to whatever is playing on the radio or CD play and discuss.  What I’ve discovered br
ings me so much joy.  The child – I beg your pardon – young man who agrees that lyrically most of today’s music is bankrupt. Morally.  Not worth the listen.  He prefers Rhythm and Blues and AfroBeats/House.

I already have him recognising the sounds of Casiopia. He asks questions.  So many questions.  His interest piqued, he asks about other artists.  We dabble a bit with old and new. By this I am forced to lend my ear to the hedonistic and debauched music of our current day. It makes me wonder how many of us take the time to really pay attention to what’s out there today. What are the children of today listening to?

I can remember my parents banning the Outhere Brothers, Salt-N-Pepa and Color Me Bad. Back then I was outraged. Rather listening to them on the sly on my walkman. Playing my Good Hope FM dubbed mixtape (those who were teens in the eighties and nineties know what I mean…play and pause). Listening to those songs I loved so much then (and still love today), I realise they’re certainly not kosher for the (hopefully) tender ears of a child…now… How many kids (and maybe some young adults) have the capacity to fully grasp the poetic melodies and spitfire by artists such as the great Tupac Shakur and Bone Thugs n Harmony. Let’s not throw away the politically sultry Ms. Janet (Jackson) who one minute would lose “Control” and the next would tell us “We are a part of the Rhythm Nation” (great song by the way). How many could appreciate the musicality of geniuses like Prince, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson (yes people like his music, but do they understand it)? The sheer audacity of Aerosmith, Nirvana and Depeche Mode?

Because music has reached a state of commercialism that sickens and saddens me, I am looking at Indie and Underground artists and also some lesser known artists by country…and man…are there gems out there! Young folk still wanting to make music for the sake of making music. I’ve stumbled upon a gentleman called Son Little recently. He is not very mainstream. The soulful timbre of his husky voice…The man can sing! There’s another artist, a pianist, by the name of Marc Carey who is utterly gifted. I cannot find their music in stores so I Youtube the heck out of them. It’s quite rewarding.

I wish we could get to a place where music makes sense once again. Where it’s not all about the money and fame. Where the intention is sincere.

So I’ll be scouring Youtube for artists I find apealing (old and new) and highlight them on my other blog The Zenith of Sound

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6 thoughts on “Forever Young with the Flavour of the Old School

  1. I’m reading “Battle Cry for a Genration – The Fight to Save America’s Youth” by Ron Luce and whoah! While I’ve been checking my kids phones for a while and deleting unsavoury music on it for a while the book is a real eye opener on so many levels of secular everything not just music. The music of this generation has some really cool beats and I love the rhythm but loathe the lyrics. Can we really blame boys for disrepecting girls/woman or girls for self esteem issues? No, because many of us don’t bother to get involved with the music our kids are listening to. We need to get more involved with parenting and educating our youth about these things and not just lend our focus to ensuring they’re clean, well fed, dressed and checking up on homework occasionally (totally guilty on the last point because I have 3 sets of homework to check! Own fault, I know. Ha ha!). I’m sure my kids are so fed up with me for choosing their music but they’ll thank me later.

    In ending I must admit that I absolutely love the Empire (series) Soundtrack. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to some music that’s not just fluff but has some great lyrics. Some of it is actually relatable even if it’s not to me personally.

    Great post!

    1. Thanks!

      There are some really sick beats out there but lyrics are seriously lacking. I have a lyrics app on my phone and it gets used quite a bit. Listening to music starts with the beat. That’s how kids get hooked (remember “Blurred Lines”?). Also, parents often don’t have the inclination to go through the kids’ devices, so kudos to you. Then there’s the thing where we’re caught in our own little world and just say “the kids listen to kadoef-kadoef” but don’t take the time to really listen…And of course…headphones. We all just need to tune in, I guess.

      1. You’re so right about the beats hey. My workout routine depends on those beats else I’ll never get in shape.

        You’ll be surprised how many parents are vigilant about the music their kids listen to. Sadly we haven’t reached the masses yet. I recently told another mom and she was so upset with me because she thought I was attacking her parenting skills. The rage she directed at her daughter made me so upset that I actually cried and chided myself for saying anything at all. The poor child. I hope that by now she’s calmed down and rethought the whole situation and will be making a concerted effort to taking note of what’s on her child tablet.

        You’ll be proud to know that that bit of info is endorsed by the headmaster of your alma mater. That’s one of the reasons I chose that particular school for 1st K. 😉

        1. I walk to the beat as well. Some parents don’t get it (or anything) until it’s too late. Sad, but true. In this digital age we need to be extra vigilant. Me, being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I am quite vocal about music and it’s influence. Reading and listening with comprehension.

          Oh, always super proud of that school!!! One of the things they do best is make sure that parents are involved…even if it’s by forced via a circular given to kids on Tuesday that need to be signed and handed in by Thursday 😛

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