Thursday, December 30, 2010

Why I believe in music again

One of my random concerns about life is that my generation doesn't have anything to be remembered by. We're not WWII vets, we're not hippies fighting the system, we didn't invent disco. We're the fat generation that worries about people in turbans. We don't even have a defining musical genre. (Trust me ... I went to a 90s party once and the musical/costume planning was actually hard. I grew up in the 90s!) So I've been hopefully waiting for something to turn our generation around.

In my pensive, needless worrying, it was a shocking and pleasant surprise to fall head-over-heels for my newest girl crush. Meet Florence:

Her videos are interesting. She's different. She's immensely catchy. She's beautiful. She's my age. (So not only is she hope for my generation ... I want to be her.) She's incredibly talented. I mean i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-y talented. I can appreciate all kinds of music as long as you can tell the musicians are completely into their work, but Florence is a different story.

She's even good, uncut, raw, in the park.

I'm obviously, unhealthily obsessed with her, but she gives me hope that music for my age is not completely dead. My mom thinks she sounds like a mix of women from the generations of yore. I mean she is reminiscent of 10,000 Maniacs, The Cranberries, Fiona Apple, etc. but all music is influenced by past music. Whoever Florence is channeling, she's doing it right.

And although I sometimes worry about that fact that I'm now in my mid-20s and I'm getting older, I'm going to ride the coattails of this generation if we're associated with this kind of music.


  1. "Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
    When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
    Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
    Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6"

    Yes, you are correct, music has not been the same since long before the assassination of John Lennon in 1980. And I do agree with you, whole heartedly, that Florence is amazing, and "Dog Days Are Over" is my guilty pleasure song I play in my car when no one is riding with me. However, you're overlooking the talent of hip-hop stars such as Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Eminem and of course, Jay-Z. Their lyrics tell stories, they rhyme, they are fulfilled with similes, and they are mainly produced by themselves. The creativity in their lyrics is understandable, unlike the words of the flower generation. "I Am The Walrus" great song, what the does that mean? "Fancy" produced by legendary producer Swizz Beats, clearly about independent women that make a substantial amount of money that don't rely on a man for finance support. Also, a great song. The music of this generation will leave a huge mark on society. These hip-hop moguls have maintained successful album sales for an entire career.

    Lastly, are generation will not be remember as the worried fat assses, rather instead we'll be forever remembered as the internet/social network generation that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan in search of weapons of mass destruction and oil. The Horses are coming so you better run.

  2. jesus michael. write a book about it why dont you.

  3. I too rode the coattails of the next generation out of the awfulness of 80's music. Grunge, flannel, angst, and yes, even Phishheads get a bad wrap now, but you can only imagine what a welcome relief they were from the "greed is good" plastic music of the late 80's. What happened next was inevitable. Good things get commercialized, marketed to the masses, and lose their way. Once you can buy the look/sound at the mall, the music is on its way out.

    I hope that Florence and her compatriots are the vanguard of something most excellent.

    So stop shaving your legs, put a wrap in your hair and do a little noodling...oh wait, that was my generation....

  4. Oh lord! You're defining yourself as mid-20s now? Yikes! I thought we still had at least a couple more years before that happened. Why are you aging us so fast?! :P

    Don't worry. Our generation won't be lost or a faded memory. We are making history too. It'll be in the books just like everything else.