With all due respect to the generations that follow ours … their music doesn’t deserve much respect! At least not according to BoomerCafé co-founder David Henderson, who has compiled his own Top 10 list of our very best music … and wants to know, what’s yours?
I was watching “The Big Chill” again the other day… for the umpteenth time … with my wife, and I realized that the film was released in 1983 … 27 years ago! Everything about the film was charmed – the cast, the storyline, the setting, the time in our lives as baby boomers, and … the music. Just as “The Big Chill” has become a classic, so has its soundtrack. What a contrast from today’s music.
Now, let me say something … at the risk of sounding like my parents sounded when I was a teen … something that is blatantly socially incorrect: I think much of today’s popular music (or whatever it is called) is pure crap. Nearly all of it sounds the same. There is such a dark sameness in the themes of today’s popular music – guns, violence, abuse, sex, degradation of women. Crap with few redeeming qualities.
Working out at the Y this afternoon, listening to my iPod, I decided that maybe it is time to update my Top 10 list of great songs from the baby boomer generation.
But before I do, just let me take my ball cap off in sincere tribute to Steve Jobs for conceiving of the iPod. At a time early in this decade when illegal music-sharing was rampant, and the Record Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C., couldn’t think of any constructive solution but to sue children for sharing songs, Jobs was creating the iPod and a brilliant music management system called iTunes, where you can organize your music library and purchase music. Jobs is a titan. I have two iPods, by the way.
1. Every Picture Tells a Story – Rod Stewart. Some of us knew the life of adventure in the 70s and traveling ‘round the world on the spur of the moment that Stewart describes. Remembering those times, it is a wonder we are still alive.
2. Laughing – David Crosby. The lyrics are about questioning myth and conventional wisdom. It was recorded by the awesome engineer Steve Barncard during a magical session in the San Francisco area and featured Jerry Garcia and a breathy cameo by Joni.
3. Bitch – The Rolling Stones. Hard-driving rock.
4. Refuge of the Roads – Joni. It was a trip along the coast, north of San Francisco, in 1972.
5. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett. Even today, there is nothing like a hot lady driving a classic early Mustang.
6. Long May You Run – Neil Young. Did you know this? Young wrote the story about his beloved car, a hearse he called Mort.
7. Bang The Drum Softly – Emmylou Harris. A haunting song of heartbreak from the Vietnam War, it’s just as meaningful today with the senseless war in Iraq. She grew up in Lorton, Virginia, not far from where I grew up. Damn… wish I knew it at the time. She’s still hot.
8. Roll Me Away – Bob Seger. I have wondered how many people have heard this song and begun questioning the value of a mundane life.
9. Abraham, Martin and John – Dion and the Belmonts. Dion summed up the emotion of the 60s better than anyone.
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye. Who can sit still when they hear this? Is this the theme song of the boomer generation?
Well, that’s my Top 10. No crap! Just classic rock. How about your favorites?
Category: Boomer Lifestyle