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Parents and Music

January 14, 2013

My parents are eleven years apart.  My mom’s a baby boomer, my dad is whatever comes before the baby boomers.  A silent generation man.

My mom played lots of music for my sister and me when we were little.  I remember listening to the Beatles and Madonna with my mom and Michael Jackson and whoever sang the song “Bad Boys” with my dad.  My parents’ taste in music definitely overlaps, but my mom is much more of a music buff than my dad.  In that respect, I take after my mom.  And so does my sister.  My sister and I like very different music, but we still both love music.

I’m a baby boomer wannabe when it comes to my favorite music.  I’m not one to pine away for the 60s and 70s, but I do think I’d have done well back then.  All of the music I love stems from that era.  Obviously classic rock and the like IS from then, but I’m talking about newer bands I love.  They, like me, are definitely influenced by the classic rock acts.  And why wouldn’t they be?

My mom being a baby boomer didn’t really have the impact on my taste as much as some might expect.  I wasn’t into much classic rock until I was 13 and started playing guitar.  I switched from pop punk (Good Charlotte) to punk (the Ramones) to grunge (Nirvana) to rock n roll and the blues (Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Clapton).  My relationship with music changed car rides with my mom for the better - she no longer hated what I would ask to put on.  And despite her being the baby boomer, I have introduced to (and rekindled love for) so many bands.

Same goes for my dad.  The older I get, the more we have in common.  It started when I discovered James Brown.  He loves James Brown, Prince, Queen, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Coldplay to name a few.  He has SiriusXM in his car now so he’ll start liking a lot more bands.

Tonight my dad told me he really liked the CD I had on in my car.  That CD was Disc Two of Tom Petty’s Anthology.

You have no idea how happy that makes me.