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Mandy's Musings: My Music Is NOT Old

Mandy's Musings: My Music Is NOT Old
By Mandy Bates

The other day, I was driving down the road, flipping radio stations. Finally I found a song I like! It had been a while since I heard it, but I just love Bon Jovi's I'll Be There For You. Um, wait a minute... this is the oldies station! Why is Bon Jovi on the oldies station? Isn't it bad enough that they're on the country stations? But oldies? No. My music is not old. I'm not old so how can my music be old?

And while we're on the subject, why in the world is Pearl Jam on the classic rock request hour? Pearl Jam isn't classic; it's grunge.

My mom tried to explain to me that classic rock isn't a genre; it's classic because it's old. She said furniture is antique when it's 25 years old, so music is too. I tried to tell her Pearl Jam isn't 25 years old, but she didn't listen. And that all the furniture she owns is antique, so why isn’t it worth anything? She started telling me how I used to make fun of her music for being old when I was a kid, and now I'm in the same boat. But it's different.

"Oldies" is a genre. Stuff from the late 40's to early 60's. "Classic rock" is a genre. Stuff from the mid 60's to the late 70's. "Disco" is dead, and we'll leave it at that. "Hair bands" are late 70's to mid 80's. 80's, 90's and now are pop. That's what the radio stations say, right? So why the hell is Bon Jovi on the oldies station?

Okay. Fine. I suppose that back in the 50's they didn't call their music "oldies." And I guess in the 60's they didn't call it "classic." But I truly see these as genres, not ages. Maybe I'm having a little trouble telling people my age when they ask. It's not that I mean to lie; I just have a hard time believing I'm actually 30. And maybe I cry when I realize that my baby is now 12 years old. And maybe I shake my head and gripe about kids these days when I see boys wearing headbands and girls practically wearingbikinis when they aren't at the beach with those big clunky, furry boots. But seriously, Bon Jovi is not oldies. I refuse to believe it. Except maybe Van Halen. After all, Eddie had a hip replacement.

Fine. It's all pop. Whatever.

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