Where did the music go?
Have you noticed how the 70’s music genre baby boomers grew up with…….(Country and now Classic Rock) became the one genre after 40 that seems to be missing from the airwaves. I suppose I’m talking about good ol Country Music here with some Southern Rock thrown in! My dad(now with Jesus), a fiddle player fathered 11 kids and I being one of them grew up in a musical family. With eight siblings those Saturday night barn dances were my roots for what became my lifetime passion(playing guitar and singing). The songs were stories about relationships, family, loss and love . We were living them out and….. Whoa…… talk about dysfunction being a reality. I did love my childhood however because we had the freedom to be a real family and bond through the pure joy of sharing and creating that music.
Today’s reality is somewhat different. Top 40 Country doesn’t sound even close to what we listened to with my family and we certainly don’t run around the neighborhood barefooted singing or picking guitars for anyone who would listen. God I miss that……!
I’m afraid the freedoms we enjoyed so much during the 60’s and 70’s has given way to an unbridled socialistic movement in our culture and music. Individuality has been blurred by lines of socialism and federal mandates that challenge our individual god-given constitutional rights that made us feel great and special. On every front while our government is moving toward the left so fast we can hardly keep up. Responsive sarcasm is the norm with most folks I talk to on the streets instead of reflective thought and objectivity.
What does this have to do with Music? If you listen close to Country Music these days you will find lyrics “lamenting the good old days in all it’s glory” or “Someone wants to get even with someone” or a song about “patriotism setting things right for us all”. Sounds like an illusion to me and I am concerned to think my kids will never enjoy the freedoms we had….with our Music or our Liberties. God Bless us all!