- Apr 16, 2021
- Los Angeles
My generation? Uhh, I'm 62, the same age as you. But one thing I recognize is that every generation thinks it's music is best. Studies have shown that the music you hear between the ages of 16 and 21 is the music that sounds "best" to you for the rest of your life. *Every* generation's music is derivative. As I got older I started to get a little bored with music because everything started to sound like I'd heard it before, oh yeah, that's a little so and so mixed with a side of this and that. But then I realized it's completely natural to incorporate your influences, musicians do it because of love for those influences and the music they loved growing up. The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were influenced by the bluesmen, the Beatles by the Everly Brothers, Nirvana by the Beatles, etc. You incorporate your influences and add something of your own the the recipe, if you're a real talent it can point you in a driection that sounds totally original. After I realized that I began to enjoy music again and enjoyed recognizing what influences were present. By realizing what your favorite bands were influenced by, you seek those influences out, far easier today than it was when we were growing up! There are only 7 notes, and they were around long before the 1960's, regardless of whether it's music or transistors, every generation stands on the shoulders of those before, so get over yourself dude.Tell ya' what - when your generation takes a computer that occupies three city blocks, make it a thousand times more powerful, squash it into a briefcase and sell it to you for $300, then invent an internet for you to be arrogant, condescending and full of s***, and do it in a suburban garage - between bong hits, creates music for following generations to copy without doing even just one f***ing original thing, then you can talk.