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The "Problem" with Today's Pop Music Revealed
October 30, 2019

 
I knew it would happen sooner or later. My friends— the people I grew up with are complaining about today's pop music. "It's got no melody"; "It's so risqué"; "It all sounds the same"; "How can anyone listen to this crap?" and so on.

It's one thing to have an opinion about a song or style of music, but when you start making blanket statements declaring how bad today's pop music is, whose voice are you hearing? Your own, or your parents'? If you truly feel that today's pop music is void of substance and moving in the wrong direction, you're welcome to that opinion, but please be advised... you run the risk of revealing your age.

Pop music changes with each new generation. It's supposed to. World events, social trends, and technology continually shape and transform pop music. It was once parlor music and ragtime, then became jazz, then became swing, then became rock n' roll, then became surf rock and British pop, then became punk and album-oriented rock, then became hair metal, rap, and synth-oriented dance pop, then became boy bands, divas, indie, and more. When pop music hit the new millennium, it had already branched out into unlimited, blended forms of styles like EDM and trap.

Whether or not you like today's pop music, it's right where it's supposed to be and doing what it's supposed to be doing: appealing to young people with lyrics, sounds, and beats tuned specifically to their ears. It's not supposed to sound good to you, because you're too old to feel what it has to offer.

The reason pop music has always appealed to young people, and why young people are the driving force behind it, is biological in nature. Music is a vehicle by which young people form and establish their identities and social connections. Before they enter their teens, they start growing virtual antennae tuned to the frequency of pop music. When they reach their mid teens, their antennae grow to their maximum height. As they enter adulthood, the antennae start to shrink, and within about ten years, they're completely gone. They're no longer needed, because the person's identity has been established.

Your antennae are long gone, so any hope of sharing your children's emotional connection to today's music is futile. If you're open-minded, you can still appreciate aspects of today's pop music, but your brain is incapable of responding to it like it did when you were 15.  If you are aware of this, then you can understand why your parents didn't "get" your music of the 80s, just like your grandparents didn't get your parents' music of the 50s, just like your great grandparents didn't "get" your grandparents' music of the 30s.

So if you think today's pop music sounds so bad, you can swear up and down that it's the music, but... is it?





Autumn Colors

October 23, 2019

 
Some photos I've taken over the years of fall foliage in my area:

Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Root River Parkway in Greendale
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Root River Parkway, West Allis
Root River Parkway at Morgan Ave.
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Root River Parkway in Greendale
Root River
Root River in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Root River Parkway in Greendale
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf TraiI in Franklin
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail - 106th & Norwich
Oak Leaf Trail
Greenfield Park in West Allis
Greenfield Park
Greenfield Park in West Allis
Oak Leaf Trail
Residence in Greenfield
West Allis in Autumn
79th Street in West Allis
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail in Franklin





Goodbye to an Old Friend

October 6, 2019



Samson Vogt





2019 Oktoberfest in Tinley Park, IL
September 8, 2019




We're proud to have been the Saturday night headlining band for this event, which we estimate drew around 2,000 people — the largest crowd for which we've played to date. If you're looking for a spectacular Oktoberfest with everything but you can't quite get to Munich, the
Oktoberfest in Tinley Park, Illinois is the best thing!



 
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