I MIss Good Music, and the Feeling It Was Worth Something
I miss a lot of things. I believe that the mp3s are inferior quality. They are pumped up with bass to play on the iPods. They often sound horrible when played through speakers.
I miss that music mattered to people. There was a time, especially during the 1960s, when the music was more than music. Before that time, it was background music or for the occasional night of dancing. After that, it was disposable.
I also think that the music industry has stagnated. I like a lot of the new music, but I am also old enough to know it is basically the same sound as what there was 10 years ago. That was decidedly not the case throughout the 20th century, as one movement built on another or two movements joined to create a third.
I miss the true diversity that was apparent in years gone by. Everything is pretty pigeon-holed now. Thankfully, we have one Top 40-ish station where I live so I can get a mix of hip-hop, country, and alt rock.
I also miss white people. I thought they did pretty good music. Now the only white people are on Disney or American Idol, and often singing 40-year-old songs. Except for Idols, I think Gwen Stefani was the only white person to make the Top 10 in the 21st century. I'm not a Klan member or anything, but as noted above, a little diversity would be nice.
And I do miss the social aspect, although I don't believe it's entirely dead. People can no longer come to browse your CD collection, but it's easier than ever to say, "Hey, check this out." Unfortunately, there's also the heightened perception of it being illegal.
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