OK, I admit it. I am on old fogey. This isn’t terribly surprising as I am 57, (turned so just last Thursday).BUT I prefer rock. Disco was appalling. The boy and girl bands of the 90s and the 21st century are not rock and roll. Neither is rap or hip hop.
My heart is wrapped up in music and the late 60s through some of the groups from the 80s. Give me Jimmi Hendrix, the Doors and the Who any day over Snoop Dog. And toss in Queen, the Cars, the Supremes and James Brown. Spare me from the Osmond brothers.
Part of the difference is the message although I truly appreciate the message from ghetto rap groups. The Who gave me principle evaluation of politics: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” The Beatles in their later albums beginning with Rubber Soul provide great music and a message, even while stoned. And all rock has to be played loud. You can’t truly hear, “The End” without turning the volume up.
Rock and roll gave a clear rebellion against society. Some since have do some but not too many. And that back beat with the screaming guitars cannot be beat. Led Zeppelin played loud is not only great music but the propler music to destroy your ear drums.
And let’s toss in a few Christian groups or singers, beginning with Phil Keaggy, the true master of the guitar.
So yes, I am old fashioned. But thank God for Youtube that give of classic concerts and great music. Excuse me now as I go listen to “The Midnight Train to Georgia.”
Bob Campbell: Old fogey and loving it.