May 21, 2004

i was so much older then, i'm younger than that now.

"It's four in the morning and raining. I'm 27 today, feeling old, listening to my records and remembering that things were different a decade ago."

this is from a famous 30 years old article ("I saw rock 'n' roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen", which has been an error anyway, but it may have been true for this MOMENT, and that is what eternity in pop music is all about).

it's quoted by nick hornby in the NYT in an essay on youth and rock'n'roll.
(r'n'r seemingly understood as something which isn't exactly "rock" nor "pop", buth the essence in both.)

heed the words of the wise man:

"I just turned 47, and with each passing year it becomes harder not to wonder whether I should be listening to something that is still thought of as more age appropriate - jazz, folk, classical, opera, funeral marches. You've heard the arguments a million times: rock music is made by the young, for the young, about being young, and if you're not young and you still listen to it, then you should be ashamed of yourself. ... I mostly agree with the description, even though it's crude ... The conclusion, however, makes no sense to me any more.

Youth is a quality not unlike health: it's found in greater abundance among the young, but we all need access to it. ... I'm talking about the energy, the wistful yearning, the inexplicable exhilaration, the sporadic sense of invincibility, the hope that stings like chlorine. ... rock 'n' roll was and remains necessary because: who doesn't need exhilaration and a sense of invincibility, even if it's only now and again?

And though it's true that I'm an old codger, and that I'm complaining about the state of contemporary music, I hope that I can wriggle out of the hole I'm digging for myself by moaning that, to me, contemporary rock music no longer sounds young - or at least, not young in that kind of joyous, uninhibited way."

so this is where we have come to: old people telling the young how to be young. talking 'bout my generation in 2004. and hornby is right, of course. (although his article is not as cool as it should have been: too wordy, too much excusing himself ... in a word: too old.)

Posted by martin at May 21, 2004 1:23 PM
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