I am 65. I have been listening to, and loving, music since about 1959, and I have always enjoyed the fact that rock (for want of a better, more inclusive term) constantly reinvents itself. I have always been excited by finding out what is just around the corner.
Until now. About five years ago, I found that I was becoming less and less interested in new music. I don’t know why, and what has changed in me, but while I still love the music I have enjoyed since 1959, current stuff seems to me to be either a re-hash of what has gone before, or a weaker version of it. I am disappointed in myself, because it must be a symptom of getting old - and that is a shame.
Or it could be that you’re hearing a lot of really bad music. I tend not to listen to music stations on the radio because since forever they seem to play the same few songs over and over and over, but that’s another story. My point is, the few times I’ve heard today’s “hits” I find myself cringing and how inane they sound, or how manufactured and packaged as opposed to performed, if that makes any sense.
I’d like to think that there are talented people making amazing music today but they’re not commercial enough, whatever that means. But do make space for me on your geezer bench, because I agree, and I’m still a youthful 62!
Make another seat on the geezer’s bench for this 62-year old. I am still interested in new music, for which I thank Amazon’s sampling capability, because I would never have heard the new songs I like on any of the local radio stations (all owned by Clear Channel and playing extremely formulaic programming). That being said, there have been periods when I can’t find much of anything I like at all, but thankfully those dry spells have always resolved themselves when something new and clever comes along.
I’d highly recommend digging deep in Amazon music (or another similar source that allows sampling) and see if something doesn’t capture your fancy. It’s worth the work. There are few pleasure better than discovering new music that you truly enjoy.
Make room for one more on the geezer bench. The quote above nails it perfectly for me. When I hear things like the commercials on Spotify, no matter what the musical style, my first impression is that it does not sound like a musical performance, it sounds like a technical product. Brian Eno comments on this phenomenon.
By the way, I did listen to some of the Magnetic Fields music, and while it is not at the heart of my usual tastes, I did like it as fresh, original, organic music.
Science has shown that radio pop music is (This was about 6 years ago btw) more homogenous than in any period since the 50’s.
So don’t listen to people who tell you it’s you and that every generation does it. I was also fine right up til past The Darkness. Then autotune caught on. Bands died away (again pop radio). It’s not you.
And the ones who say every decade was 90% crap by using number one hits are misguided. Give me a random top 40 from a month in 1965-1979 and I’ll find at least 8 stone-cold classics. The same cannot be said from 2005-2015. But I find it a failing of radio pop.
But as others I’m sure have said…you have to look for it to find good new music.
Like the OP, I was OK with all the new music, right up until I was about 65 (which was in 2003). After that, everything completely went to hell. There was a lot of really good music through the 80s, and quite a bit of OK stiff after that, up to the first few years of the millennium. Since then, nothing but absolute crap.
Same for movies. I haven’t sat through a whole movie since about 2005, but during the decade or two before, I really enjoyed watching movies.
We should probably have a “Recommend some music for geezers” thread…
I think my kids are getting tired of me asking them “So, whatcha listening to?” Just today, my daughter replied with “Much too busy to listen, let alone find new music-- try Spotify.”
I’ve had good luck looking up some of my old favorites on iTunes (“Hey, I searched for Crowded House, and Neil Finn has a new album. Let’s try Norah Jones – whoa, she’s done a few albums with a jazz/blues group, and there are funky remixes, too!”)
So I’ve got some tasty new-yet-classic ‘tunage’ now! Oh, and Shawn Colvin did an album with Steve Earle! So screw the top 100, there’s still great music being made by hand.
While I’m just a young whippersnapper at 54, I would recommend getting Bandcamp.com. Full of independent artists that reject the notion they need to sound like everyone else in order to make music. My personal favorites are Marian Call, Scott Barkan, The Doubleclicks, and Seth Boyer. But every style and type of music is there.