I’m a child of the 70s (I know you would never guess ) I have a sister and brother roughly 15 years older than me. I grew up having everything from punk to Elvis being played in different rooms of the house. My sister was a huge Adam and the ants fan and had her room covered in pictures, my brother loved Blondie and her face hung from all his walls. Dad loved Elvis and still does but he was also a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan and I can still pretty much tell you exactly what track it will be after listening for seconds.
In the 90’s we had rave and grunge, both genre of music I fell in love with. Everything revolved around music, we lived for the weekends but it wasn’t just music on the weekends. We didn’t have social media distractions in the evening but we did have incredible music going on all around us so we would spend the hours listening to Nirvana, prodigy, orb, dinosaur junior and so many more. I was a riot girl one day, a raver the next but everything revolved around the music we listened to.
We have music on pretty much all day every day whilst we are at home. The children have watched live music since they were born. If you ask my son his favourite band he will tell you the Beatles or white stripes, but yet he now gets in the car and flicks over to radio 1 when he thinks we don’t notice. I really wonder what and if my children will have a music genre like I did. What on earth could it possibly be? Is there anything left that hasn’t been covered? I don’t want to ever say “don’t listen to that” or “what is that awful music? Turn it down!” But really some of the stuff on the radio now (see I’m sounding old) it’s terrible. I really want my children to have there own genre not mine repeated from the 90’s or my parents repeated from the 60’s.
Maybe I am missing something, perhaps whilst I am typing this the next genre of music has started. I would love to think in a garage somewhere a group have started to play something original, different and fresh. If not, I do know of a couple of children that may take on the task of creating something for the next generation.