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Is Age Relative When It Comes To Music?

I was mowing last weekend. When I mow I have to have some music in my earbuds. This weeks selection was Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814.

A & M Records

I love this album. It ranks #14 on my “If I were stranded on a desert island and can only take 20 albums with me, what albums would they be” list. It got me thinking: this album is nearly 25 years old! But in my head, it sounds as fresh and contemporary as anything on the radio.

This is, of course, my opinion. It is slightly jaded since I have been listening to this album since it was released in 1989.

Lets look at this through the eyes of your typical 13-year old. Would this album sound fresh and contemporary to him, or would it sound old?

I’ll use myself as a comparison. I was 13-years old in 1979. If I listened to music that was 25-years old at the time, I would be listening to “Sh-Boom” by The Crew-Cuts, “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes, or Eddie Fisher’s “Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)”.

Wow. Come to think of it…those songs did sound pretty old in 1979. Am I really much of a curmudgeon since I enjoy singing “Love Will Never Do (Without You), and also the fact that I keep using the term “album”?

Your turn! Think of a song from your youth that if you heard it on the radio today, it would still sound brand new.

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