So I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how old music is better, that nobody does it as good as the legendary rockers. I’m not here to disprove that point, but I just want to set some things straight about the current state of the music scene. There are a lot of artists out there right now that have the talent and the guts to withstand the test of time. And you know what they’re doing? Playing rock and roll.
Not only are there a ton of great new artists, but with all this technology available today, we’re able to watch videos from the 60s on Youtube in perfectly acceptable quality. The old music is preserved by the internet, and there’s a new video available of nearly every concert the day after it happens. Some may find themselves annoyed by people in the crowds with their iPhones out recording the show. Believe me, this is coming from a guy who once saw a girl on Buzzfeed during a Tame Impala concert. The phones might be annoying, but I know I’ve personally watched hundreds of videos recorded by the same people who would annoy me at the concert, so it’s a double-edged sword.
The thing is, really, that art forms naturally evolve over time. Music is an art form, and thus it can’t stay the same way it was fifty years ago. Those artists in the 60s and 70s really had something going on, but these new kids entering the scene can’t possibly be expected to conduct themselves like the rock stars notoriously did. The world was completely different back then, and the music was a reflection of the times. That was just the beginning for rock and roll, though. Neil Young said it best, rock and roll will never die. It will just pop up in different forms all over the place, changing shape with the passing of time.
All that matters in the end is that these musicians are taking what’s inside of them and releasing it through their music. As long as people still have thoughts, problems, and love, there will always be good music. It’s not always going to sound the same, but there is beauty to be found in music from absolutely every period of time that music was made in. You just have to know the right places to look, to find the artists who are pouring their guts out on the stage and letting the music take control. That is what rock and roll means to me. What does it mean to you?
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