Tracy K. Lorenz ...


A Waste of a Decade

We’re two weeks away from the end of the decade and it seems almost identical to last decade in that, well, it wasn’t unique. The 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s all had their own personality and style. Once the century turned so did innovation, from 2000 on it’s just been moosh. The cars all look the same, the fashion is all the same, the TV shows are all the same. Other than political correctness, the complete implosion of our media, and the socialistic overthrow of our education system there’s been nothing to define the last twenty years.

And then there's music. Music has taken HUGE strides backwards.

The problem is music used to be communal, it was shared by everyone in the group and had a commonality. People loved the Beatles and hated the Stones, or loved Disco but hated grunge, but at least they knew who or what they were.

Here’s a list of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Songs of the Decade. (Of course this is the same Time Magazine that just named Greta Iceberg the “Person of the Year.” See: Complete implosion of media, above.)

Again, these are the top songs OF THE DECADE, not just one year:

Adele - “Rolling in the Deep,” Robyn - “Dancing on My Own,” Sky Ferreira - “Everything is Embarrassing,” Luke James - “I Want You,” Taylor Swift - “All Too Well,” Hospitality - “I Miss Your Bones,” Paramore - “Ain’t it Fun,” Dierks Bentley - “Drunk on a Plane,” Khalid - “Young, Dumb, and Broke,” and Lil Nas X - “Old Town Road.”

I recognized exactly three of those songs and had never heard any of them all the way through. What I do notice about that list is they’re all solo acts, there’s not a band in the bunch (Editor’s note: Paramore is a band, but accuracy is not necessarily a requiement for a rant) and I think a guitar makes an appearance on exactly one song.  You can “Okay, boomer” me all you want but that’s a bunch of crap.

Here’s a list of the top songs from FIFTY YEARS AGO: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “American Pie,” “Maggie May,” “Layla,” “Killindg Me Softly,” “It’s Too Late,” “Superstition,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” I didn’t feel the need to type out the singers or bands.

Look at that current list – how many of those songs do you think they’ll be playing fifty years from now?

Before you “Okay boomer” me again, I asked my 14-year-old son to look at the lists. He knew three from the current list and eight from four decades before he was born.

And that’s why I think the last twenty years have been completely void of personality; music used to drive society, it drove fashion, it drove politics, and it drove our youth to grow up to be some of the greatest innovators the world has ever seen. All this current music inspired me to do was drive to the store to buy a satellite radio.

Music has become so stagnant I wonder how long before it just dies like newspapers and turntables?  If this current generation doesn’t step it up there’ll be no one left who even knows how to play an instrument. Kids these days like to scream about “big business” yet have no problem listening to the pitiful refuse that the music “big business” is stuffing down their throats.

Seriously, one whole decade, ten songs, and I recognized three, that’s gotta be some kind of ... record.

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