17 August 2010

Locked In

When I was growing up, I often wondered and thought that my parents' choice of music were so old, and I didn't like them at all. I remember listening to CDs of Johnny Mathis, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter Paul and Mary, The Carpenters, and other acts that I didn't really like. And I often wondered that with the advent of new acts being played on the radio back in the 1990's, why is it that my parents' taste of music never moved forward.

Fast forward to 2010, and I have to admit that I feel the same now. I feel like my musical tastes have been locked in. I mean, I still find new stuff that are being released now to be good, but not all. I tend to be very selective now in what I listen, and oftentimes find myself listening to stuff that had been released at least about a decade ago.

I mean, where have all the good music gone to now? Musical acts like Fiona Apple and The Smashing Pumpkins, bands like that who took the stage back in the 1990's, they're now overcome by cookie-cutter acts in this decade. I remember when Fiona Apple's Tidal album first came out, I think that was 1996, and her single Criminal was just phenomenal. And the hits that the Pumpkins released, they were just music, real music. Unlike the things that the radio now plays, you know, things like Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. Sorry, but there have been better music played a decade ago.

So I suppose my musical taste has been locked in as well. Although the window is still open, and I still find good stuff every now and then (ever heard of Sebastien Lefebvre's 2009 album release?), most of the time I find myself going back in time and listening to old music. And perhaps when I get to have my own child, he or she would laugh at my choice of music.

(Door, from my Qorikancha Series)


  1. Eh eh, I feel the same! I see these new fads and I don't get them. Justin something (the Canadian guy) and all these hip bands I have never heard of... Gee, I'm getting old!

  2. Zhu,

    Justin Bieber is the guy you're talking about. And I agree, he is blah....