Thursday, September 30, 2010

Traditional Rock

On the radio today, classical WDPR, I heard an interview with the Blue Man Group, who have a performance in Dayton soon.  During the interview the music that accompanies their performance was mentioned.  One of the troupe referred to it as rock - "well, maybe not traditional rock." 

Dear Lord, I must be old.  Rock is now traditional.  Chuck Berry, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney - give it up; get your rockin' chairs ready.  You're trad now.  Though, I suppose, since so many of the originators of the genre are dead, maybe it's just as well.  We can just ignore how young most of them were at their deaths. 

In a way, it's kind of healthy, and I've seen few enough signs of cultural health these days.  Young people, including young musicians, know and have some appreciation for the rock masters of the Eisenhower through Nixon years.  When I was young, it wasn't done to admit to any taste for or appreciation of our parents' music.  It was yet another not-so-smart attitude from the Baby Boomer generation, and I'm glad our kids did not continue it.  Thanks, youngsters!