to Me, Old to the World
By Eric Swenker,
I entered the University of Western Ontario last September, my taste
in music has changed considerably. Since the purchase of my first
CD, Offspring's Smash in grade 5 until last June, I was a sucker
to popular music. Like almost every single high school student, most
of my music came from the TV. The only genres that I really listened
to were rock, rap, dance, and punk. I really had no choice, since
I was spoon-fed these from the music station. Every single CD in my
collection could have been tagged as popular music.
changed over the summer. I admit again to having fallen victim of
pop, as I did buy the new Good Charlotte CD. But, about halfway
through the summer, I was watching an infomercial that was selling
old CDs from the '60s. I heard a few bands that I already knew,
like the Lovin' Spoonful and the Mamas and Papas. The other bands
fascinated me, and I set out to hear more of this music from the
"good old happy days." I bought the Guess Who's Greatest Hits, and
since then a ton of my old CDs have become just that - old. I waited
patiently until the beginning of university so I could reconnect
to the Internet and get my hands on more music. And after Frosh
week, which I suffered a number of hard day's nights, I was ready
there I was, sitting at my new desk in my new residence room, thinking
for a few minutes where I'd start. I decided to get some stuff that
I was familiar with. I began downloading Beatles' songs. I found
that their music changed so much from when they started to when
they walked down the long and winding road and split, and unlike
bands today that change their music, theirs was really good. Now
I know the words to "Mean Mr. Mustard" by heart, and the same applies
to a lot of their other stuff. Some songs, like "Hello Goodbye"
and "Hey Jude," I had heard before, but I didn't know the Beatles
I didn't stop there. I have a few friends here that have been into
that music for some time, so I was able to borrow a number of CDs.
I listened to the Greatest Hits of Paul McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel,
and the Beach Boys. Oh, darling! I was so impressed with the time
this music was made in that it is the only type of music you will
find me listening to these days.
the Monkeys, who are often frowned upon for being manufactured,
have some really good songs. I even went sideways and got other
types of music from that era, like Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, and
Elton John. Even though they have different sounds, they all come
together to create an extremely good sound.
not the only person this has happened to. My roommate has also added
a significant chunk of oldies music to his collection of punk and
rap. Sometimes I laugh when I hear a Matchbook Romance song followed
by "Old Time Rock and Roll." Anyway, I was wondering what contributed
to this change of taste.
in the year, we were playing punk here, there, and everywhere, and
now we listened to very different music. Although it is generally
known that people go through major culture shocks when in university,
that was not a good enough answer for me. Sure, I'm going through
the years when I will experience the most change, but I wanted an
answer, and I wanted a good one.
not everyone changes their music taste in their late teens and early
20s, so I sent that theory out the window and across the universe.
a little child, I was never exposed to this music. Although my father
listened to music that I do enjoy now, such as Andre Rieu, my liking
to this never developed until recently. My mother listens to the
Rolling Stones, and although I heard this music when I was younger,
I just didn't like it all that much. My older brother and sister
were my main sources of new music, and it is mainly through them
that I based my CD collection on.
I thought that maybe the reason that I didn't listen to this earlier
is simply because I wasn't hearing it enough, and that maybe I needed
to have it hammered into my head before I started to like it. But
the fact remains that I heard it, but I didn't like it. So this
idea was no good either. So the question remains: Why do I like
music now, at the age of 18, that I didn't like when I was 15? It's
only been three short years. It feels like just yesterday.
I stated a few paragraphs ago, most of my music was influenced by
what I saw on TV. So maybe it is because I saw the infomercial on
TV that I began to like oldies. This is reasonable, because maybe
due to the fact that it was on TV, it was more presentable. I wasn't
one to listen to a radio station that was playing oldies, it was
always pop and rock while in the car. And this particular infomercial
was at 1 in the morning, and Saturday Night live just finished and
frankly there was nothing else to watch. It was also an interesting
infomercial, because there were a lot of fun colors.
not like I watched this and my jaw dropped and suffered a major
30-minute culture shock; it took time to develop. I didn't see the
light while watching the TV at 1 in the morning and there was no
major revolution going on in my head. I didn't even start liking
the music until significantly later, so this theory is no longer
true, at least not in my case.
been thinking about this for a while now, and I simply couldn't
come up with an answer. I was talking about it with my friends the
other day over lunch, and one of them said that the Beatles were,
in fact, a pop group. I knew this, but never in my life had I thought
about it. So, technically, I am still listening to pop music, just
not today's pop. And it doesn't even answer my question because
I never saw much of it on TV. It's logic to think that in a way
I am listening to the same "genre" as I've always been to: pop.
But today's pop is much different than that of the '60s.
of the better theories is that of the all-powerful phase. How many
people go through phases? Everyone. You don't see many people still
sporting the clothes and hair that they had in the '80s. Maybe my
childhood was a phase. Maybe right now is a phase. I won't be able
to know which is right until later in life, when I'm 64, and I can
look back and see which genres have left a lasting impression on
now that I know that I won't have an answer to my case, I set out
to find out some things that may help me reason with this dilemma.
First off, I am part of a very small minority that listens to this
music at my age. Only a few of my friends enjoy the melodies of
old-time music. Second of all, most people that listen to the Byrds
and the Turtles today do so because it was popular when they were
my age. And lastly, as far as today's pop music is concerned, I
still dig it.
are a few possible answers that could help me with my query. It
could be the atmosphere I live in that allows my mind to enjoy simple
music. Maybe it's because I've reached a more relaxed stage in my
years, and this music is softer. I was more energetic in high school,
and that may be why I liked faster music. Even though I couldn't
find a good and complete answer, I am satisfied because in the process
I've found an entire genre of music that I could spend my whole
life exploring and never reach the end.
each paragraph in this article, including this one, there is the
title of a Beatle's song. I challenge you to locate each song. Some
of them are easily more evident than others. Here are the rules
to this challenge:
all of the songs were released as singles, thus not all of them
are necessarily very popular
-All of the songs were released as a Beatles' songs
-The three songs quoted in the second paragraph do NOT count
-The song and the word "Because" is excluded from this challenge
as I had to use it on numerous occasions
-No song is repeated
-If, you find two songs in one paragraph, it was done unintentionally
-There are, in total, 14 songs
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