Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Talking Bout my Generation

  I’ve always felt very fortunate that I was born in the year/generation that I was born in. I’ve gotten to see many things evolve in my 41 years and feel grateful that science, technology, music and such, have come a long way.

I have lived in a generation that never knew what HIV or AIDS meant until it hit us in about 1987. The likes of many favorite entertainment icons such as Freddie Mercury, Keith Haring, Gia Carangi and Rock Hudson were infected and died. More tragically was how we got to see the deaths of several million while the creation of medication to prolong the life of an infected person came into being. We also learned at this time that gay individuals and drug users were not the cause of the virus nor did it originate from them as originally rumored.

My generation got to see the end of the British invasion, the breakup of the Beatles, the shooting and untimely death of John Lennon at the hands of Mark- David Chapman, and also the death of George Harrison of cancer in 2001, closing the door on what would have been a well received, and hoped for reunion of the Beatles forever.

My generation was able to experience the music of the greatest musicians and poets of the century and death of them as well. The deaths of the 3 J’s (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison), and Elvis Presley.

My generation has seen the coming and going of several musical genres. The beginnings of “Glam Rock/Glam Metal starting with the New York Dolls who would help open a the door for bands like Poison, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Queensryche and Iron Maiden.

We’ve seen the early creation of rap music with acts like Fab 5 Freddy, and Public Enemy, which in turn has now been refined into acts like 50 cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kanye West.

We’ve seen Grunge music come and gladly go..

Gone is “Arena Rock” with acts like Boston, The Little River Band, Saga, Triumph, Van Halen.

We remember when concert tickets were $16. We could see 2 bands for that price and the ability to sleep over night at the venue for the tickets. To see a double concert like Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj today, tickets are a minimum of $50. plus and neither one plays an instrument, writes their own songs and most likely both lip synch parts if not all of their show. You can buy the tickets online, and gone are the days of sleeping at the venue. We also remember acts like Milli Vanilli who had their Grammy taken away because they lip synched ALL.. THE.. TIME.. No big deal now, right?

My generation remembers when “Super Model” also meant over size 4 and under size 10. We also remember it meant size 0 and not eating or getting out bed for less than $10,000 a day.

My Generation remembers when you had to wear your underwear under your cloths and remembers when it became acceptable to wear them as outerware.

My Generation was here before cell phones, and texting. Social networking meant going out for Happy Hour on a Friday night.

My generation remembers how our sense of security, (did we really have any in the first place?) was taken from us by watching a plane crash into a building.

My Generation has seen an actor become President, knows how he started “Reaganomics”, seen a body builder become an actor and then become the Governor of one of the most populated states in the nation.

We’ve seen disco music become new wave music, become pop music to recently become dance music.

My Generation has seen 8 tracks become cassette tapes. Remembers 45’s and 33’s and all of them become CD’s.

My Generation remembers when a CD cost $16. And the first computer cost around $3,000 and how CD’s have now made way for digital downloads which are $1 and laptops can be purchased for around $800.

My Generation has seen art and artists take a back seat to Actors and Models who are better known than most politicians. We also know what George Michael and Sen. Larry Craig have in common.

We’ve seen tunics and leggings recycle themselves from the 60’s to the 70’s, go neon in the 80’s and come back in the 2000’s.

My Generation had to attend school in person to graduate.

Musicians played, wrote and performed their music.. It wasn’t lip synched, over processed, over produced, voice bent and pre-recorded to millions. Rock stars were considered artists and poets who created new ways of “honing their instrument”. (Neil Peart, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai) Thank you Britney Spears, you officially suck!

We’ve been able to see technology expand beyond what we could have ever imagined. We’ve seen the cloning of an animal, the tap into nanotechnology, stem cell research which could allow us the ability to prevent certain genetic defects, illnesses and could prolong the quality of human life.

We’ve seen the trend of rotary phones, then push button turn into portable cell phones.

Cougars were a type of mountain lion.

My Generation could see a movie in a Theater for around $5. Now you can buy your favorite movie for $12.99 or download it to watch on a computer for $11/month all without having to leave your house.
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