Boom, Boom, Out Go The Lights

Jan 23, 2017 at 04:02 PM

Written by Kim Klein

"Say it isn’t so ~ the generation that has reigned supreme is now getting old. Not only are the Baby Boomers getting old, but also, in 2015 they have officially been surpassed by the Millennials, those born from 1981 to 1997, as the nations largest living generation.

It seemed that the Boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964, were the first generation to challenge the notion that one ever had to get old, to retire, to take to the front porch. Instead they took to heart the Dylan Thomas poem, Do not go gentle into that good night. Having set the standards by which the rest of the country has lived for so many years now, it isn’t easy to loosen the grip on the baton. And one dominion where this holds exceptionally true, is their music.

This influential music has stood the test of time and is still being piped in to every major department store, your local Starbucks, restaurants, and even your doctor’s office. Whether it’s the music of Elvis, the Beatles, or good old-fashioned oldies, the music is still alive and kicking with what seems to be a young and very healthy heart.

Music brings us all together, and can create an ageless and natural cohabitation of the generations. There is no gap, and in the end, who cares which generation wrote it or performed it? We all get to enjoy it. Music can take us to a moment, a place, or a person from our past, or to places that live only in our imagination. It is like time travel, transporting us to and fro like no other medium on earth. Music can be the best medicine, helping us remember, feel joy, fill our soul, re-live our youth, and feel alive. Youth, often remembered as the best times of our lives ~ usually translates as having no responsibility, freedom, fast cars, first loves, places to go, and futures with endless possibilities. They say you can’t go home again. But we can; home lives in our music. 

As the Millennials take center stage, they will be shaping our world and economy for decades to come. Will their music have the same impact, be as influential and have the staying power as that of the generation before them? Only time will tell. But for now, it seems that the music of the Baby Boomers, the soundtrack to so many of our lives, is not going to go gently into that good night, and will very possibly outlive the Baby Boomers themselves."

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