I am concerned.
I'm concerned for the future of music in this country.
I'm not talking about the fact that Classical music and Opera have been seeing reduced numbers in recent years. I'm talking about mainstream, Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM).
When I look at advertisements for concerts and live music at bars, the performers are basically all my age, or older! They are all in their 40s or older! What does this say for the future of music (particularly, LIVE music) in America?
It seems to me that the younger generation is only interested in Hip Hop, or harder edged Rock. In other words, there isn't the "in between" music that my generation grew up with. There isn't a group of twenty-somethings on the radio playing music that sounds like Journey, Boston, Kansas or Styx. And, that is very sad.
My hope is that there ARE indeed bands out there composing and recording this type of material, but they just aren't receiving the national attention that they should be receiving. Perhaps enough of them will become YouTube savvy enough to get their material out there so that we can all enjoy it.
It's no great surprise that the CCM music of the 70s and 80s still lives on today and is recognized by ALL generations.