I love music. I love everything about it. I love listening to it, creating it, reading about it, talking about. I love the many styles and artists. I love the instruments, basses and guitars especially. I love the history of it. I love the amazing evolution of the technology. I love the money it can make. I love it all.
My experience with creating music goes back a bit (1985 to be exact). My first home “studio” centered around a Fostex 2-track cassette recorder. I’ve owned a Fostex R8 reel to reel 8-track, a Tascam cassette 4-track, a PC running Emagic Logic (now Apple Logic), Steinberg Cubase, FL Studio, Ableton Live and currently Presonus Studio One. My how times have changed……
As the times have changed so too has the music. The sounds coming out of the “radio” or whichever device you listen to today are far different than they were in my youth. Yep, from the ’70s, the ’80s, the ’90s and through the 2000s the music seems to change every five years. And, as we age our tastes seem to “outgrow” the popular music of the day.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon about music and those who listen to it regularly. Regardless of age, people who listen to current popular music seem to stay younger, age slower and generally have a more youthful approach to life. Can’t say for sure if the music is the cause or the symptom, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless.
I listen to all kinds of music. Anything from the current Billboard 100 back to the 1940s. All genres. But I was once a music snob. In the mid 2010s I wouldn’t listen to radio. Couldn’t listen to radio. My tastes had matured. So I started listening to “old school” music exclusively. Bought a Bluetooth speaker, subscribed to XM Radio checked out the classic stations. Then I got bored.
So I changed stations. Heard some cool new songs from some fresh new artists. Bought some new recording software and rediscovered why I loved music: it always brings me back to my youth. Always makes me feel young.
So hey. I got a secret for you. Wanna feel a little younger again no matter your age? Pick up your phone, tablet or “radio”. Dial up your favorite genre. Pick a song from the current Top 100. And don’t judge, just listen. Do this a few times a day. In about a month look in the mirror. And say goodbye to your anti-wrinkle cream.