Music is and has always been a driving force in my life. I was fortunate enough to be born in and to have always lived in areas with a huge musical presence. Like a lot of people, I have a soundtrack of sorts in my head. You can throw out a specific date, year, event, etc. and I can provide you with a song that fits the situation or mood I was in at that period of time.
Recently, I took my kids on a short 3 hour road trip. During a portion of the trip, I banned all electronic devices and forced them to listen to songs from my online music library. Incidentally, my music library is deep and would take days to listen to if you wanted to listen to every song without any repeats, but I digress. During this musical indoctrination, I realized a few things. Number one, I have severely neglected my kids’ musical education. Number two, while both of my kids have musical talent, only one child feels the music. Number three, neither of my kids feel as passionately about music as I do. And last, I realized that in the last 10 to 15 years there have been precious few artists/bands with true staying power. I’m not saying there hasn’t been some fantastic music during this time, there has. But, we are not seeing very many bands and artists that are having careers that span the decades with many albums, tours, and music that evolves. Where are the Madonna, U2 and Pink Floyd of the day? Where are the groundbreakers like Prince and Michael Jackson? Where are the follow the band from town to town bands like Jimmy Buffet and Dave Matthews? Furthermore, what kind of iconic band shirts will Target be selling in 20 years? It’s kind of sad when you think about it.
So, after a few days of mulling over this strange musical phenomenon, I’ve decided I definitely need to take more mini road trips where I can force my children to listen to ‘good music’. And, this is yet another wake-up call to remind me I am well and truly in the middle of middle age. I mean the only thing I’m missing here is saying things like, “These kids have no idea what good music is.”
NOTE: Y’all I opened a Twitter account for this page. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. I’m trying to branch out. You know be like Oprah and have a multi-media experience and all that jazz. So far I haven’t published a thing on it – not even a testing is this thing on. I’ll get there. It’s a work in progress. I have managed to follow 10 really awesome Disney vlogs/blogs. Here is my link, https://twitter.com/haveityall. Fun fact, I already have a follower, my cousin. And, I didn’t even tell him about it so thanks, cousin!