Holding On To My Love Of Rock Music

In Columns, Music

I just love music. It has been such a big part of my life and my soul. As long as I can remember I have always loved Rock n Roll, particularly Hard Rock. Each decade had their own sound and depending on what kind of mood I’m in, I could get into any of them on any given day. However, the last two decades were hands down the worst decades of music since the inception of Rock.

No particular sound came from The Aughts Decade and corporations and the death of a free DJ to play what he and the people wanted, contributed to the worst decade of music ever known to Rock n Roll. Elvis and Chuck Berry in the fifties along with many pioneers paved the way. The sixties were amazing with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The seventies had their own sound that was wonderful with Led Zeppelin and KISS and a young Van Halen. The Eighties were the best with all their great hair bands like Ratt, Alice N’ Chains, and Cinderella, to name a few. The nineties brought in a whole new sound out of Seattle with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but all that talent ended in that decade.

The Aughts Decade had no real sound that distinguishes it from other decades. It was ten years of corporate tailored bullshit from corporations like Disney and people like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. With a couple of exceptions like Creed and Disturbed, the entire decade went by without any real sound to define it.

Think of all the wars, financial collapse, and history that happened in the last decade, but no Rock songs to tell the story of the times. It would be like having Woodstock back in the day without singing about Vietnam. The decade was lost as far as Rock was concerned. How many of us waited after 9/11 for the music to just start pouring in about the events of the day? Besides Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising, where were the songs in Rock? I can hear a song and know what decade it came from, just from the sound.

Sometimes I’ll get in the mood for the sixties or want to jam out to The Scorpions in the eighties. I never say to myself, “Today I’m in the mood for music from The Aughts or Teens.” There is almost nothing worth mentioning from Rock from 2000-2017.

I heard an interview not too long ago of the band Train on The Howard Stern Show. They said they were just playing in the hometown of Robert Plant and thought it would be cool to play some Led Zeppelin songs. They said the kids there cared less and didn’t even know it, but when they played a Rhianna song they went wild.

That is when I knew. That day I realized that it already happened. The Father, Son, and The Holy Ghost, they took the last train for the coast. The Day the Music Died…

C. Rich
Author, Blogger, Poet

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