Published on March 13th, 2019 | by Alan Cross2
“Did technology kill good music?” Discuss
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A recent study suggested that young people had better recall of music from the 90s and before than they do for material from the last couple of decades. Some people suggest this means that today’s youth prefers the music of other generations than that of their own. Let’s pick things up with the article.
“My only portal to the current situation is through my sons, currently 21 and 19. They should be in their prime music consuming years, but they prefer the classics. One son has his Sirius XM channel set to the 80’s channel. The other surprised me by singing along to a song while we were in a pub in Dover, England. When I said I didn’t recognize the song, he looked at me like I’d lost my mind. It was Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” I have a lot of Queen in my music library, but “Don’t Stop Me Now” was not one of them. So wherever he heard it, he didn’t hear it because of me.
“That same son got in my car one day and begged me to play “Roundabout” by Yes, a song that was released 26 years before he was born! Is there something to the “musical quality” argument after all?
“This line of thinking does make me a little uneasy. It has all the hallmarks of a cranky old guy yelling ‘Get off my lawn. And turn that awful music off. It sucks.’
“But my oldest son has company. He is the anchor of the sports talk show at a major Florida university. He and his fellow broadcasters came down to South Florida to cover a football
“They all had the same answer: “Classic Rock.” “If we could just get them to play Queen and Aerosmith.”
“What can we say for sure? We know that songs are getting shorter, and the consensus is that streaming is to blame.”
The rest of this is worth reading.