I love music. I enjoy listening to almost every genre except reggae, jazz (no matter how hard I’ve tried to appreciate it) and hip pop. The lyrics must make sense and the instrumentals should be on point. I don’t really mind which decade it was released, but the more recent it is, the more preferable it would be for me.
I’m not that old-school but I do know that music as we have it today has evolved very much since the 80’s in terms of tempo and lyrical content. The lyrics which were seen as ‘profane’ back then are considered hardly so now; they don’t even raise a brow as compared to what is being played on the airwaves now.
Most young people of today who love old-school music were exposed to them via their parents. But I didn’t get that kind of early exposure, I guess that’s why I wouldn’t add tracks from that era to my playlist on a normal day. I began taking a keen interest in music between the late 90’s and early 2000’s. But I must say, I’ve found the songs I’ve heard from the 80’s quite interesting.
Although there is much talk about how degrading secular songs are getting with each year and how even Christian songs sound adulterated these days, I think I’d still go for music of today. The quality of sound is relatively way superior and the songs I listen to paint scenarios that I can relate to. They speak my language. Many more new artistes are being discovered today and their talents are unique and refreshing to listen to. Though, I’ll still listen to Kirk Franklin’s and Fred Hammond’s old songs with same excitement, I continue to be blessed by listening to fresh artistes like Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene.
So as much I’d like to listen to oldie but goodie music from the 80’s, I think I’d rather choose music from today. It’s my era so it’s only natural that I appreciate it more.
What about you? Which one would you rather listen to and why? Kindly share your thoughts.
© Josephine Amoako 2016