I saw a tweet yesterday in which the author wondered if he was too old to enjoy Pantera any longer. Hmmm…lemme think about that. Do people outgrow music? Surely. I mean, it's never happened to me, but I suppose it could.
This is an interesting question because it points to another related phenomenon, which is the person who stopped paying attention to new music right after they graduated from college (Non-college grads shouldn't feel slighted. Just pick a year in your early 20's). I was reminded of this a few days ago when I saw an article about these two woman who were going to see the hair metal group Ratt.
They had packed themselves into inappropriately tight clothing to go to a meet & greet with singer Stephen Pearcy (who didn't show up). Being attached to the music of your youth doesn't seem like such a bad thing to me. The clothing? Yeesh. Look in the mirror.
Now back to this outgrowing of music issue. I can see where it happens. You love some record to death in your formative years. You get older and realize that maybe the stuff isn't so hot. For my ears, this has only applied to individual tunes. Even then, the offending song is almost always some lightweight, one hit wonder kind of thing. If I think about what resides in my ancient box of singles, I'm pretty sure there a disc in there by Donny & Marie Osmond. "Paper Roses," maybe? Hey c'mon, I was nine years old!
And maybe a dividing line needs to be drawn. There's a pretty big difference between music that we listened to as little kids vs. the high school and college years. Good, that exempts me from further discussion of the Osmonds. I will also leave the Starland Vocal Band out of it too, as space will not permit…uh…
So what about music that was loved and well-worn during the late teens and early twenties? I'll admit that I don't listen to as much classic rock as I used to, but that has more to do with the sheer volume of music I expose myself to on a regular basis. Honestly though, I don't feel like I'm too old for any of it. Sure, some of it is downright goofy, but so what?
Yeah, yeah, "Cold Gin" might be yet another example of the big, stupid rock song, but I still like it — partly for the cool, chunky rhythm guitar and partly because it makes me remember when I didn't have so many worries. There has been plenty of writing done about the negative effects associated with the phenomenon of adults forgetting how to play. Apparently, my ear parts are doing their best to work against this.
I was helping a friend move several years ago and, during he truck unload, I came across a box that was labeled "Pants That Are Too Small For My Fat Ass." Now that is a concept I can relate to. CD's I've 'outgrown'? I can't think of any. How about you?