Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Classics

Recently I've been hearing music that has transported me back in time (in a good way). It dawned on me that the Classic Rock stations I grew up listening to have that effect on the generations ahead of me. I love Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan more than any other artists, and their music affects me greatly, but it doesn't give me the same gut-punch feeling that some '90s music has recently.

Today, Pearl Jam's Black was on the radio and I was in 9th grade again. Then I was riding around town with my friends in 10th grade; having friendly arguments at the lunch table; playing Sega and sneaking alcohol. I'm not sure when the music of my youth became so important to me, but it's only now that I truly understand what radio stations mean when they talk about music to make you nostalgic. That music was '50s and '60s when I was a kid, '70s when I was a teenager, and '80s through college. Now the classic '90s brings me back 20 years and it scares the shit out of me and makes me happy at the same time.

So I'm 34 and about to be a dad, and I'm trying to embrace the feeling that my youth is long gone. At the same time I want to feel younger and get stronger and healthier and be a good husband and father. Maybe I need to tap into that youth and make a mix to bring it all back. I'm talking Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Candlebox, Rage, etc. Any ideas?