What long-term effects do songs that we're exposed to early have on our adult tastes? As children we (hopefully) learn to love music, but then our critical faculties and peer pressure kick in, and many early influences become unacknowledged or transformed into guilty pleasures. Is the generation gap in musical taste really just due to how styles change over time (and we old folks just don't get the new sound), or are there more fundamental reasons why it's easier for younger people to absorb new music?
Mark, Erica, Brian and The Hustle podcast host Jon Lamoreaux share their own experiences, songs from yesteryear that they have complicated feelings about now, and get into related topics like the activities of former pop stars and nostalgia in film soundtracks.
A few particular tracks that we mention are Go West's "King of Wishful Thinking," Jo Boxers' "Just Got Lucky," Jethro Tull's "Songs from the Wood," and The Cars' "Magic." Can a pretty Steve Howe intro redeem this Asia cheesefest?
A few articles we consulted included:
- "Why Old People Hate New Music" by Frank McAndrew
- "We Stop Discovering New Music at Age 30, a New Survey Suggests — Here Are the Scientific Reasons Why This Could Be" by Linsay Dodgson
- "Inside the Heads of People Who Don't Like Music" by Divya Abhat
Follow Jon's podcast @thehustlepod. To get an idea of the formats of The Hustle as compared to Mark's Nakedly Examined Music, why not take a deep dive on Grand Funk Railroad's amazing Mark Farner who appeared on both? ...NEM, Hustle.
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Caleb Grayson says
I added Wedding Dj to my list of extra-philosophical activities a few years ago.
I leaned to guess the age of the crowd and what they listen to at prom to start out my reception set.
as the evening progresses the older folks leave and that corresponds to newer music.
and this is in addition to genre selection.
it’s not easy Doing for a wider variety of people who are not used to hear other’s musical tastes.