So... The other day my cousin Clay posted an idea on his Facebook page which immediately caused him to lose his favored cousin status. It was something along the lines of "Let's destroy all music created before 1990."
That blew my mind. My first thought was what about The Beatles? closely followed by U2? Mozart? Beethoven? Beastie Boys? Carole King? James Taylor? "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones? Aretha Franklin? Heart? The list goes on... you get the idea.
Clay later explained that he feels that we often get to stuck in the past when it comes to music, that we often keep listening to the same old things - because that is what we feel comfortable with - rather than giving new music a try.
I sort of understand where he's coming from. I do find myself enjoying music that I grew up with at home (The Beatles, Chicago (pre-Peter Cetera), Doobie Brothers, Eagles, James Taylor, Carole King... thanks, Dad)and from my teens and early 20s more than most of the new releases I hear today. But I find myself sticking to "music for Generation X" stations more than pop music stations or KLSU. And, I think my heart would break if I didn't get to hear "The Ode to Joy" on occasion.
Maybe I'm not giving music made in this new decade and century enough of a chance. I do like some new music - after hearing my sibling rave about them and then seeing them as an opening act for U2, I find I do like Muse quite a bit. I think Jack White is a genius and am willing to give any of his projects a try whether it's The White Stripes, The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather. On the other hand, Ke$ha is complete crap and I'm not that crazy about Lady Gaga (don't stone me, okay?).
What do you think? Should music have an expiration date? Should I (we) be more open to new music?