Remember growing up in the 1960s and listening to anti-war and protest songs from the likes of Bob Dylan and John Lennon? Parents didn’t always like it but for most Baby Boomers it was the coolest music ever.
Now one Baby Boomer has written about his taste in music for his column in American newspaper Post Bulletin and compared some of the top hit songs of today to the classics Boomers most likely rocked out to in their youth.
“At what age do we turn into the person who believes that contemporary music will harm America’s youth or, in particular, our grandchildren?” Loren Else asked in his piece. “In my life I have reached this point. Boomers recall our parents believing that the world was going ‘to hell in a handbasket’ because of the influence of Elvis, the Beatles or Sly and the Family Stone, just to name a very few.”
Loren said his father, a World War II veteran, disliked just about everything from the ’60s culture, before adding: “It is said we all turn into our parents as we age. Maybe so. I believe my concerns are stronger than the worries of my parents.”
He then went on to comment on an article, published in Time Magazine, which listed the 10 best songs of 2018.
“Always trying to stay engaged in the world of today, I thought I would listen to them and watch the videos,” Loren explained.
Clearly not impressed by Japanese singer Joji’s hit song ‘Yeah Right’, which featured lyrics such as “I’ma f**k up my life, I’ma f**k up my life”, he wrote: “My goodness, those are some really deep, meaningful stanzas there.”
Loren stated that most Boomers grew up on edgy music and protest songs, before adding: “I believe you can make your case regarding any issue without graphic violence, sex and profanity.”
He didn’t seem too fussed about late American rapper Mac Miller’s video clip for ‘Self Care’, which shows a man in a coffin lighting up a cigarette.
He added: “Sadly the guy who sings “Self Care” died of an overdose in 2018. Boomers remember some of the artists of our time dying of addiction or overdoses as well.”
He finished by comparing the lines of The Rascals 1968 song ‘People Got To Be Free’, which featured lyrics such as “You should see, what a lovely, lovely world this would be. If everyone learned to live together” to the ‘Yeah Right’ song.