OPINION: When you were “born in the wrong generation”

Lenoy Christy, Staff Writer

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I find it a little hard to understand why humans experience nostalgia for times that they’ve never lived in.  Ever take a look at old black and white photos and imagine yourself in that era? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Some prefer the laid back, hippy lifestyle of the 60s, whereas others reminisce about the grandeur and decadence of the 70s. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I’m sure there’s a perfectly rational reason as to why we do this, but the moment we falter is when looking at these times with rose-tinted glasses, only focusing on the good and ignoring all the bad.

I see this fallacy come up a lot, especially in discussions surrounding music. If you’ve ever seen an “I WAS BORN IN THE WRONG GENERATION” comment under a Pink Floyd video on YouTube, you’ll know what I mean. It’s the idea that music from a certain era was the peak, and that it’s all downhill from there, which by the way, is absolutely absurd because it implies that there’s a specific time frame during which “good” music can be made.

As far as I know, there’s no real evidence for this absolutist attitude, and if anything, there’s evidence against it. Advancements in musical production techniques have made modern music incredibly crisp, clear and overall more enjoyable compared to albums from 50 or even 20 years ago. Innovation in music has also become much more widespread due to an increasing accessibility in the methods to record music, making it so that the modern day listener is constantly introduced to different and novel sounds, and the modern day music maker has a variety of ingredients to experiment with.

So where exactly does the argument that the “good old days” only produced musical magnum opuses come from? Well, like I said before, it stems from our ability to remember the highlights and forget mediocrity. What, you think the 60s and 70s didn’t have their share of musical travesties?

Of course, they did! It’s just that we don’t hear about them, whereas due to the popularity and permanence of social media, bad music from our generation is much more likely to have a lasting impact. Sad, but true. But don’t let this distract you from my main point, which is that yes, there is a lot of bland, inauthentic and downright bad music from the 2000s that gets far more radio play than it deserves.

I’ll be the first to admit that. But this is no different to how it’s always been, meaning that there’s also some really, really good music out there. We just have to be willing to look for it and find it.

 

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OPINION: When you were “born in the wrong generation”