I mentioned a couple weeks ago that WXPN is doing a themed Throwback Thursday every week this summer. Yesterday they were playing all music by 70’s singer/songwriters. Despite being born in 1978 and thus not being old enough to remember any of this music when it debuted, it is my jam more than any other music time period.
Supposedly people are most likely to believe the height of music occurred during their high school and college years and often stop really investigating much new music beyond that time period. That is far from the case for me. In this scenario my music would be from the 90s and early 2000s, and most of that music does nothing for me at all. I didn’t care much for it then, and I don’t care much for it now.
Instead starting in middle school I really started to listen to music from the 60s and 70s. I was exposed to a lot of this already through my parents music since that fits right into the music they should prefer based on their age, but I also had a music class in eighth grade that really made my friends and I start delving into the music of this time period. It was sort of a musicology/history of rock class, and I still think about it all the time all these many years later. Thanks Ms. Major (yes my music teacher’s name was Ms. Major) for helping to instill a love of music in me.
If you had any doubt that the music I love in high school was from the 60s and 70s let’s review the concerts I went to in high school: The Rolling Stones, Van Halen (twice), Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, and Aerosmith. Despite these more rock based bands being the concerts I went to, I also loved the more folk rock acts from this time. Much of the music I love today I think has deep roots in 60s and 70s folk rock.
It was a glorious day of music and definitely reminded me of how much I love that type of music. Everyone else my age can have their 90s music. I’ll stick with parents’ music instead.