Music Through Eras
Written by: Caleb Craig
I don’t want to be that person who claims they were born at the wrong time, but I will admit I sometimes feel that it's true. I just don’t find myself searching for much modern music (Hip Hop, R&B, or Pop). Although I listen to such artists as Tyler the Creator or Kendrick Lamar, that's not who I fall back on for exciting music. Some of that is genre based as I much prefer Rock, Blues, and “Alternative” (Although it's actually a subgenre of rock). I’m not here to say you should feel the same way, but rather to explain why I like these less popular older genres.
(Screenshot from Data Is Beautiful on Youtube)
I predominantly listen to music from the 60’s to songs that came out Yesterday, but since music is completely subjective it’s my opinion that the music of the past is “Better” or just more inspirational for me. Bands like U2 or Red Hot Chili Peppers are just more influential (to me) than Kanye or Drake. But I come from a different point of view. I am an electric bass player in multiple bands. Not many people have the same experience and I don't know which came first for me: the love of different eras of music or the love of the bass guitar.
Me (Caleb Craig) playing Electric Bass (Photo via Instagram: @ksaylorr)
I have nothing at all against modern music at all. As I mentioned before, I listen to some modern music, but not a ton. It’s not because I don’t think it's good, but because music is meant to mean something to people. Much of the popular music today speaks of *some* things I don't understand. For me, rock can speak of life I know with subject matter like the loss of friends and family, or wanting away from a situation. Things I connect to more than some raps barrage of violence or drugs.
Tyler the Creator performs live during Igor tour (Photo via Cult Mtl)
Since music is subjective to what people think and feel, I urge you, the reader, to go out and listen to new genres and different artists than normal. Find music that speaks to you- who cares what others think!