Music - then and now

2016-09-29 06:00

TUNE in to certain radio stations or Trace music channels and all you hear is “smack that booty” or “shoot that nigga”. Sadly this is what the younger generation call “music” these days.

I love music and more often I find myself bopping to any song if it has a nice beat. But since I’m a journalist, the lyrics those songs contain are more important to me than the beat.

So I do what we all do when we want to know something - I Google the lyrics and most of the time I am very disappointed with what I find. If it’s a Zulu or Afrikaans song, I ask my friends exactly what it is I’m jamming to.

Most of these songs do one of three things – teach youngsters that consuming or selling drugs puts you in the “cool league”, that to be disrespectful to women is great just so you can be “that guy”, and most of them condone violence.

While I also love rap music, I don’t like all rappers. Tupac Shakur, who died after “somebody bust a cap in his ass” – that actually means he was shot – is my favourite rapper because he rapped about real-life situations - his life to more specific.

To me he was a poet, who rapped his life story and made millions of dollars doing so.

However, RnB is still at the top of my list when it comes to music genres. I was fortunate enough to be in my teens in the 2000s and I’m pretty sure those were the last of the best years to fall in love.

You know why - because songs had words that actually said something - you hear a song and you can’t help but think of a special time or person that is linked to it.

Now that I’ve given away my age and I’m officially starting to sound like my parents, I have also grown to dislike the “doof-doof” music – as my parents call it.

Thank God for them or else I would have no idea who the Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees or the Beatles, and my personal favourite, The Shadows and Cliff Richard are.

I’ve just entered a certain age demographic (but I am still referred to as a “spring chicken” by many I’ll have you know) and I find myself downloading “old skool” music.

I hear it on the radio or when someone driving past is listening to a certain song and all these great memories come flashing back.

I find myself thinking of the people who were with me at the time and often message or call them to catch up. That’s what music is supposed to do - take you back in time, make you think of that special person, remind you of great memories.

Teenagers, don’t be fooled, music is not meant to make you disrespect women, do drugs or kill people.

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