LIVING IN THE FIFTIES..."You Damn Right!"
Geezer huh? Living in the fifties huh?
You know, I've just about had it with young people blowing me off with their holier than thou, "You can't teach me anything about anything," and "Everything in my era is the greatest." BS, when in reality most everything these days stinks compared to living in the fifties and adjacent decades, especially when it comes to music.
Music today is a joke. A very sad joke, but a joke non-the-less. There's no real story line, no harmony, no melody, some phrases are repeated up to thirty or so times, filthy disgusting lyrics, and in a lot of cases, no band or even one god damn musical instrument. That is, unless, you consider some moron pushing a phonograph needle back and forth a band.
I'm 70 now and been a guitarist since I was 13. I played at least a thousand gigs over the years in every venue one could imagine except TV. One would think kids would listen when you try to explain to them what they're missing these days. Nope! Not one! Billions of words and effort down the tubes.
Instead of learning and living for themselves what they never knew existed they're content with the crap they've been fed for the last 30 or 40 years.
How absolutely anyone can enjoy rap for instance as opposed to Presley or Chuck Berry is completely beyond my comprehension. Anywhere from one to five or six, no talent, fast talking, foul mouthed, morons prancing back and forth on stage, dressed like complete idiots, making gestures like they all had some sort of palsy or brain damage, and with no music yet, is just plain sick where I come from. There are no words to describe this terrible injustice to our children.
Can you imagine Elvis or Chuck Berry dressed and acting like these no talent fools? Ask yourself why it just wouldn't work for them. If your lucky, you'll discover what a talented performer looks like and sounds like too if you really think about it.
Either one of those great entertainers could get me off my deathbed and make me want to get my axe and play along or sing along, they make me smile, have fun, jack my mood from a one to a ten, put goose bumps on my arms or even make me cry. I ask you, have you ever even seen a rapper smile just once for Christ sake? That's real healthy for our young people to grow up watching isn't it? Filthy lyrics, sour faces, threats, and violence. That's what we've given our kids. It's not they're fault, they certainly don't know any better, they simply learned to like what we stuffed in they're faces year after year, it's all they know. Oh and one more thing; If there is any background girl dancers in the group, they're not well dressed, clean cut, pretty girls anymore. They all fall into three categories: Sleaze, Sex, and more Sleaze. T&A sums it up.
As far as real, great music is concerned, it's virtually gone and so is the great life style it demands you live. There are still plenty of talented groups out there but they don't bother taking the time to write great and unique songs any more that is not easy to do. Why should they when they can get together and knock out a pro recording in less than an hour. The kids buy it because that's all there is and all they know.
We had garbage tunes in the fifties as well but we didn't buy them because we had a choice then. We knew what great music was. Can you name any modern group at all that never produced a bad or even mediocre tune? I doubt it. The fifties and sixties had tons of them. Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee, The Kinston trio, Peter Paul and Mary, and the beat goes on.
Remember this; Music is the backbone of any society, especially the young kids. You will become and live, whatever the hell the musical trend is at the time. It's as import and as powerful as any of our cockamamie religions. Where the musical trend goes, so goes your society and country. Take a close look at most of our kids these days and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
There is no more respect for anything let alone each other. Decency is a word that doesn't exist anymore. Sex, sleaze, drugs, disrespect for others, guns, filthy language, contempt for the law, and violence all emulates the uncensored music kids have been listening to for 40 years now.
I could give you thousands of examples but here's one incident as recent as yesterday;
I play Texas Holdem on my tablet pc with people from around the world every morning while I'm shaving. Many girls play these days and when a new game with new players started, some complete moron texted one of the girls; "Hey, do you give head?" Think about it, what kind of freaking moron would say something like that to a complete stranger? I'll tell you flat out, it's a hell of a lot more common than you think. If I had said something like that to a girl when I was a kid, I would have got my ass kicked my by own friends. That's just one small example of what 40 years of unchecked performers and garbage music have handed us all. Say good by to your society, say good by to your country, neither can exist without decency, respect, and at least some generally accepted morals.
Back in the fifties, girls didn't use foul language at all, at least not in front of us guys and we protected and respected them all.
Music was our lives and many of us learned to play an instrument just by playing along with recordings. Trust me, that's impossible today.
We had parties once a week, every week, because the music gave us that opportunity.
We didn't even think of destroying the drive-ins that are virtually gone these days.
OK, we drank a lot of beer, but there was no hard drugs of any kind, pot included. There were no drug dealers on every street and we never locked our doors.
True, there were a few that wore studded leather jackets and thought they were bad asses, but even with them it was mostly show-no go.
True again, the big cities had some pretty tough gangs but compared to todays big city gangs, they were girl scouts. Oh and, guns didn't even exist as far as the young people were concerned. Not the case today is it?
I can't remember anyone that ever went to jail, Today, it seems like everyone has been there at lease once
We all sang along and danced with our music which again, is just about impossible these days.
We all took care of ourselves and sure, girls liked to look sexy, but well dressed and guys combed their hair and wore clothes that fit for Christ sake.
You can't even buy anything these days that doesn't look like an empty, 50-pound, canvas potato bag. Yeah, I still like fuzzed up cut-of jeans, bell bottoms, white Levi's, and those little black slippers girls used to wear that have most unfortunately been replaced with dragging shower shoes.
Goto; www.dooahhh1.com and click the "Great Sounds" tab. See for yourself what I'm talking about.
Hot cars, practical jokes, great rock and roll, parties, drive in dates, chicks, pickin and singin, hangin out at the soda shop, drag racing..................
Yeah! You bet your ass I'm still living in the fifties! Why not?
If I could go back?...........Seeya!