There Are Kids Who Are Learning What Music Really Is
Maybe There’s Hope For The Appreciation of Rock n’ Roll
Believe it or not I’m not that old. But I have lived long enough to have witnessed the virtual death of rock ‘n roll and the talent that is necessary to compose and perform it. To clarify, perform on an actual instrument, not a computer. An instrument that requires thousands s of hours of practice to not just have competence but to excel and display true talent.
Yet, when you go into almost any store like Sephora, Pac Sun or Hollister, in any mall in America you are bombarded by some loud sounds emanating from the store’s sound system. It’s the popular music of today.
It’s an assault on any adult entering with kids but that is why they are playing; A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bebe Rexha, Rich The Kid, Lil Dicky, or Nipsey Hussle.
The stores play the Billboard Hot 100 pop dreck, hip-hop, or heavily computerized, synthesized autotune junk that appeals to kids and teens. Stores want them to shop there and that is what kids listen to and have grown up on for the last three decades. These kids and many of their elders know no other form of what they think passes for music. They like the instrument-less, undifferentiated ear candy which has permeated the minds of malleable Millennials and Generation Z for over 30 years.
But not all kids.
Here is the evidence. In Easton, PA in 2017 Houseband, apparently from the local School of Rock comprised of teens, playing Deep Purple’s “Burn.”
Realize, throughout history every adult generally despises music that is popular with their kids. Whether it was Cliff Edwards, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, or Nirvana: your parents, and before them, their parents, and so on, couldn’t understand how their kids could actually enjoy that noise. But rebellious kids always found the new music, loved it and the parents hated it.
Now you have 30 years of the same monotonous noise that is shared between parents and children. And they think the music is good. That is not their opinion, it is a fact to both generations. Unfortunately many of these parents and their children have never been exposed to The Rolling Stones much less The Foo Fighters. So what do they understand about what is good? I would say not much.
The difference is that many of the popular musical acts of the past played instruments. They composed music, It isn’t much of a stretch to go from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Oasis.
So, with almost no kids listening to rock n’ roll, this video is a refreshing reminder that there are still young people out there not just listening to, but playing rock music. And playing it well.
Thank you School of Rock. And kids, as Argent proclaimed, “God Gave Rock n’ Roll To You.”