Generations Change

Justin - Madawaska, Maine
Entered on May 14, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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“Turn off that devil’s music”, my aunts use to tell my dad.

My dad’s generation, late 70’s early 80’s, was all about that so called “devil music” but today most people will say that their music is harmless. But isn’t all music harmless? Music doesn’t hurt you or hypnotize you, and give you the impression to do something bad. It all depends on how you interpret the lyrics, if you can understand them, or if you bother to pay attention. Music is what you make out of it no matter what genre you like.

I have never been bothered about the music that I listen to by my parents, mostly because my grandparents didn’t mind my mom’s music and that my dad knows what it’s like to be a teenager and listen to music that your elders this is “corrupt”. Back in the 70’s and 80’s rock/metal music was very controversial like Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and Alice Cooper because of their lyrics about rebelling and going wild. Isn’t that what ever teenage fantasizes about, just going against the rules and not having one care in the world? The keyword is FANTASIZE, it doesn’t mean that the person is actually going to go against the rules and rebel.

Time changes and so does music and everything else. The only thing you can really do is just learn to accept the change and go on with life. The rock/metal music now a days is a lot more complex. Back in the “olden days” there was rock or metal no metalcore, emo, screamo, grindcore, and all of these other types of rock/metal. Now a days adults consider our metal trash, they considered music or if you can’t understand what they’re singing, is not worth listening to. That’s okay, because we can say the same about your music, but if it wasn’t for music our parent’s listened to most bands today wouldn’t exist and music would have never evolved.

Parents can be judgmental of their kid’s music, because they didn’t “grow up” with it, and so we will do with our kids. We have no clue what is going to come ahead of us, and I can guarantee that most of us will probably will not like it, but I hope we do learn to accept that our kids might not like our music, as for we probably wont care for their music. I believe that generation’s and music change and so does life, we just have to learn how to accept it. This is easy for some and hard for others, some move on and some stay behind. The question is, which one will you choose?