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Parents' music
Okay, so I'm going back over some of the PJO books, and there's a fairly regular occurrence of the kids not getting the music that their elders listened to. I see it a lot in a lot of fiction.

I just wondered: Is that really all that common?

I mean, yeah, I don't listen to a lot of contemporary stuff now (just lost interest at some point), but when I was a kid, I loved my mom's music as much as my own generations'. I mean, I listened to Madonna and Michael Jackson and Wham and all of the 80s greats, but I liked the Beatles and the Surpremes and Chuck Berry and... well, honestly, I liked my grandmother's big band music, too. I was always pretty into whatever happened to be playing.

I dunno. I guess I don't get the, "Ick, it's not of right now, so I hate it" thing.
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beceh From: beceh Date: September 24th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, we always loved it when Mum and Dad got out their old records. They didn't do it enough, but when they did, us kids enjoyed it.

In my friendship group you were extra cool if you liked/knew Queen/The Beatles/basically anything pre-90's.

As a teacher, I've noticed some kids are a bit "ick, it's not of right now, so I hate it." but I think more of them are interested in older music, at least in passing.

A scary amount of my Year 8/9's (13-15 year olds) haven't read Harry Potter. This hurts me.

And the realisation that half my students weren't even born when 9/11 happened was strange. Them thinking of it as ancient history made a lot more sense... the Berlin Wall? Sheesh.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh hell does the fact that many college freshmen now don't personally recall 9/11 boggles the mind.
As well as HP being ancient for kids the same age as me when I read those books.

--FFR
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 24th, 2016 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I myself listened to classic rock as a kid, but I know many of my peers during the middle school/freshman period thought that genre "boring" especially opposed to what's "in".
That being said, everyone seemed to listen to classic rock in the second half of high school.
Possibly peer/culture herd mentality being especially strong during that twelve-fifteen years period.

--FFR
alchemine From: alchemine Date: September 24th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
My almost-18-year-old has the "ick" reaction to music that she herself listened to when she was a kid/tween--Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, etc. She doesn't mind older music from the 80s and actually likes quite a bit of it. I think she's at the age where you want to reject everything "childish" about yourself and your own past, and the music she liked as a 10-year-old symbolizes that to her. I'm sure in another 15 years she'll be nostalgic for it.
honorh From: honorh Date: September 24th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Considering Nico's wearing a Ramones t-shirt when Apollo first sees him in ToA, I've developed the headcanon that the Apollo cabin in general loves classic rock. But yeah, I know a lot of young people (including some of my own nieces and nephews) who are crazy about '80s music, in particular.
lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: September 24th, 2016 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was a kid in the late 80s I disliked almost all contemporary music and only listened to my parents' stuff, and this was not unusual for my peer group. It later turned out that there was lots of good music out there, but we were isolated in the country with only one radio station that played dreadful things, and as soon as the national youth station (Triple J) started broadcasting locally, there was tons of contemporary music we loved. It was a huge shock!
akilika From: akilika Date: September 24th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The kids I know seem to like it all over the place--"What Does the Fox Say" next to "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" next to "Don't Stop Believing." It kind of seems like the current whatever-you-want-whenever-you-want technology available means that kids are taking a very broad swath.

But that's just my friends' kids group. Why don't you ask the folks at the library? It'll probably get you a good cross-section. :-)



(For me (born 1986), I loved Oldies (60s-70s) and would be mortified to be identified as one of Those People who listened to NSync or Brittany Spears. My little sister (1988) meanwhile crossed genres as quickly as social groups--Blink 182 to Lincoln Park to Darrel Worley--but always the current. My older sister (1981) liked the music favored by folks about five years older than her--all the grunge stuff.

But that's old news. I think the state of technology--not being limited to fairly narrow-band radio stations--is going to encourage different listening.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: September 24th, 2016 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was a kid, we had control over the radio in the barn (farm kid), so we put on the contemporary station when doing chores. Got the Top 40 with Casey Kasem every week (if that doesn't date me, nothing will).

But in the house, it was my parents' music. Mom loved certain performers, and loathed others. It wasn't really music of a time, but music of a person. So, Helen Reddy and Jim Croce were playing on 8-track... while Elvis was never allowed in the house. Daddy loved opera. He would listen to it for hours. He never seemed engaged in anything contemporary, even when Pavoratti did covers.
alchemine From: alchemine Date: September 24th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember the Weekly Top 40 with Casey Kasem too. :) I got a radio for my 10th birthday and would listen to Casey count down the hits while I puttered around in my room. "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!"
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2016 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

"parent's music"

It may be true for different generations of popular music. But I think parents who like classical music are able to pass that to the next generation.
scionofgrace From: scionofgrace Date: September 25th, 2016 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
My parents still can't quite grasp that I like 60s-style music. My mom especially. Even the more recent stuff I listen to tends to have an "older" vibe. Though I wouldn't say older, only that the elements I like are not currently in fashion. (I love songs that emphasize melody/harmony, and which mess with chord structure in creative ways. The second one has all but vanished from pop.)

I think it depends on a couple things: What kind of music is the kid naturally drawn to? And do the parents push "old music" very hard? 'Cause kids are always gonna rebel against something foisted on them, even stuff they'd otherwise enjoy.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: September 25th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've discovered, with contemporary/now music, that I really don't like heavy percussive bass. So the stuff I prefer is far more "melodic" (I guess?), similar to what you were saying.

And *really* I miss guitar solos. :)
shiiki From: shiiki Date: September 25th, 2016 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it might be a case of what sort of music is typically playing on the radio or trending coupled with general teenage rebellion against what your parents want you to listen to.

jedinic From: jedinic Date: October 27th, 2016 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually never liked my Dad's "70's music". It just didn't seem good to me (and I still don't like most of it). But I did like some of my mom's stuff.
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