The Masters of Rock and Roll

The oldies.

Apparently what I listened to growing up in the 80’s and 90’s could now be considered oldies. I think it should just be called “back in the day”. Wham, Def Leopard, Poison, White Snake. Nirvana, Pearl jam, No Doubt, Alanis Morriset.

Then there is the stuff my parents listened to. My first concert was to Lynyrd Skynyrd with my parents. I loved it. I used to love going through their cd’s. Jethro Tull. Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Queen. Isn’t it great to hear how music has changed through the decades? 

Imagine if we could take today’s music back 250 years to Beethoven’s time. Would they be appalled or fascinated?

I’m guessing the older crowd would be appalled while the kids would dig it. If you haven’t seen A Knight’s Tale, I reccommend it. Imagine a story set during medieval times, but also set to today’s music. It’s so much fun when they play “The Boys Are Back In Town” when the heroes arrive.

Anyway, today I thought I’d introduce the boys to some music of bygone eras. First, they heard Pearl Jam’s, Evenflow. They’d never heard of Pearl Jam until today. They liked it. Good thing too. I may have disowned them, otherwise. Listening to Eddie Vedder crank it out took me back to my university days. I had a roommate that didn’t just love Pearl Jam, but slightly resembled Eddie and could also sing like him.

After that, we took a trip a bit farther back in time. Back to my parent’s days. Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride. They loved the name of the song. It was the first thing they noticed while waiting for the guitar to build up in the beginning. Then the beat kicked in and they were suddenly boosterseat dancing. They thought Dad was nuts for singing along. Surprisingly they didn’t stop me. Normally, Bang screams when someone sings along to the music.

The song ended and a few seconds of silence follows as we quietly anticipate the next song. We were just pulling into the driveway when T.N.T. starts pumping from the speakers. I throw my hands in the air flashing traditional rock and roll signage…

…my head starts nodding slowly at first and by the time “Oy! Oy! Oy!” is over I’m full on headbanging and shredding my air guitar as if I had just channelled the soul of Angus Young himself. We listened to the entire song. Me in the front seat jamming and the boys in the back seat listening to the song and wondering what the hell happened to their father. At the end, with AC/DC’s grand finale to that song, Crash comments, “That’s how rock and roll songs end! They must be the masters of Rock and Roll.”

Yes, son. They are. But don’t be fooled. They aren’t the only Masters of Rock and Roll. They are just a favorite of your Dear Old Dad.

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Lucy At Home

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26 thoughts on “The Masters of Rock and Roll

  1. Some of those, okay, but No Doubt or Alanis being considered oldies? Say it ain’t so 😉 One of my fondest memories (and now I really sound old) is making a music video with my cousin to “Don’t Speak.”

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    • I included them because I listened to them in the 90’s, though No Doubt is still recording, I believe. If they’re 90’s they’re almost 20 years old! If they’re pre ’97 then they ARE 20+ years old!! I just saw a thing on FB saying that next year’s high school graduation class is the last class born in the 90’s.

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      • Hanson celebrated 20 years since releasing their first major album last week. Even though I’ve followed them all along and they still play, that made me feel a bit old!

        Oh lord.

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  2. I’m older than you are, so I’ve already been through ‘my’ music (aka mid-to late-70s classic rock) showing up on the oldies station. It was quite the eye opener.

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  3. I downloaded some Queen the other day and Kiddo loves it. I spent most of my teen years listening to my mothers music – Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, etc.

    But Kiddo and I are both suckers for catchy pop music.

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  4. LMAO! What a great post, and great reaction from your kids. I love it when a great song comes on the radio in the car and I start belting out the words. My kids are shocked and awed (by the volume, not the quality, haha). It struck me the other day what a vast pit of lyric memory we have at our age, and how quickly our kids are building theirs.
    We listen to everything from Chopin to Fleet Foxes over here, but of course The Beatles are the current faves….

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    • Our local radio station play the 90’s at 9 and they have a “back in the day cafe” where they play stuff that is pre 90’s. Always fun to listen in to that stuff. My wife is a treasure trove of lyrics! I remember some, but not like she does. The boys are starting their collection, too.We, too, listen to a wide variety of genres. AC/DC is the current favorite of the boys, right now.

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