Crisis Week Day 6: The Passing Down of Music from Generation to Generation

Yesterday, One Direction’s new single Live While We’re Young which was scheduled to be released on the 24th of September was leaked and today it’s playing on radio stations worldwide. Fly FM itself has already played it about six times in three hours, which is great and this makes everything about today great. Perhaps I should also mention that I (or technically, my Twitter account) was mentioned on Fly FM this morning when they were reading their mentions from people who were requesting them to play LWWY again. My five seconds of national fame right there. This is something to be added to my resumé.

There’s this thing I’ve been pondering about for quite some time now, and always wanted to blog about it, and somehow the release of LWWY reminded me of it after I’d filed it away a few months ago. Wouldn’t it be strange when you grow up one day, and tell your kids that you used to listen to music of the 00’s (how do you even pronounce that)? I mean, would they still be considered oldies? Music from the 70s’ to 90s’ are considered oldies in the 21st century which is plausible because they do sound old, but does Nicki Minaj sound old? Will she ever sound old?  And how will the music be in many years to come? Will there even be music? Perhaps they’ll just be weird and strange noises- oh wait, that’s dubstep. I don’t know, dubstep is what I think would be the music of the future. We’ve all stereotyped the future to be this pristine and entirely sharp universe and that’s what I think dubstep is all about. Being sharp, I mean, not pristine.

Weirdly, now that I’ve wrote all of that, I can see a future in which we tell our children that the likes of One Direction, Kanye West and Lady Gaga were our “oldies”. Perhaps they will think they sound old too. I mean, how do you define “oldies”? I think it suits better as a term that means “music we listened to while we were young many years ago” instead of actually possessing the essence of “oldness”. In a way, it’s pretty sad that our future oldies are mostly songs about partying, having sex, drinking and doing drugs…remember when The Beatles sang about wanting to hold your hand? Subtlety and chivalry has definitely deteriorated with the times, but everyone enjoys their own music, there’s no fault in that. We can’t stop the waves of modernism from washing up our shores.

“Mum, when did you first fall in love with Dad?” “Well, he had me at the first time he played All I Ask Of You by Skrillex on his iPad from across the bar counter.”

It’s certainly no John Cusack with a boombox playing Say Anything outside your room but perhaps this is 2012.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

23-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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