Friday, February 03, 2012

It's A Lovely Day Today

Today's posting is a continuation of sorts of the one dated January 31 2012, and called "Inchworm". You will recall that it was about Paul McCartney's new album, "Kisses on the Bottom", in which he sings some of the pre-rock "standards" - the sorts of songs his mum and dad would have listened to when they were young.

If the young Paul was like the other boys and girls of his generation, he would, when a young child, have thought the sorts of songs he sings in "Kisses on the Bottom" to be sort of alright. But when he became a teen, and rock 'n roll was coming in, he would have laughed at these old songs.

Why?

It was because mums and dads of the teens of Paul's generation had this tendency to pontificate that rock 'n roll was rubbish, and that the only good music was the music that they, the mums and dads, liked to listen to, like the songs of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra and whatnot. This set up a resistance in the hearts of teens, which caused them to laugh at the songs of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra and whatnot.

The mums and dads of that time feared the new rock 'n roll because it signified rebellion against the soporific bourgeois conformism of the 'fifties. They feared the pronounced rhythmic beat of the new music would shake loose the cultural constraints that kept the base instincts of the id in check.

Being myself of Paul McCartney's generation, I can confirm that I and the other teens of my age group reflexively rejected all the pre-rock popular songs as hokey. They seemed insipid compared to the new and exciting songs of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, and so different. For instance what songs could have been more different than Perry Como's 1952 hit, "It's a lovely Day Today" and Elvis's 1958 hit, "I Got Stung"?

The teens of today's generation don't seem as dismissive of the music of their mums and dads as the teens of my generation were of the music of our mums and dads. Is it because the music of the mums and dads of today's teens was rock 'n roll inspired, and so was generically similar to the pop music of today?

And are today's mums and dads more accepting of the current pop music, than were the mums and dads of my youth? If so, their teen children will respect their musical judgement, and so will listen to the Beatles and Stones far more appreciatively than the teens of my generation listened to Perry Como and Frank Sinatra.

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