Sometimes when driving in to work, I listen to CDs and sometimes I just flip through the programmed channels on the radio.
Today, I heard the two latest hits from Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber and that was just in a 15-minute drive. That prompted me to write today’s blog.
On today’s drive, I didn’t know that legendary music icon David Bowie had died peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer just two days after his 69th birthday.
I learned that when I logged on to my computer at work. And, I thought back to last week when I heard “Let’s Dance” on my drive to work after a local station abandoned the Christmas music format.
I was a fan of Bowie’s 1980s music and “Modern Love” was one of my favorites.
In his passing, I was reminded of the strong conviction of his standing up for his beliefs and questioning the system when it wasn’t welcoming to all. Here’s a short read on Bowie questioning a MTV VJ about why the network didn’t feature black artists. Michael Jackson would one of the first that benefited from the inclusion.
R.I.P. David Bowie!
Originally, I was talking about hearing Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods”, the amazing sixth single from “1989” and “Love Yourself”, my favorite song from Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” album. (I also heard Taylor’s “Wildest Dreams” and Justin’s “Sorry”.)
At 51, I’m not ashamed to say that I love Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who are 26 and almost 22 years old, respectively.
In the early 1980s, I’m sure there were 51-year-olds, that screamed for Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and David Bowie in their youth, loving the same music as me.
When I was in my teens and early 20s, I idolized Madonna, Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke), Boy George and Culture Club, Duran Duran, Pete Burns of Dead or Alive, and the Pet Shop Boys. They were either the same age as me or maybe a few years older.
The point is, while I was in heaven with the fantastic dance music coming out of the 1980s, people decades older than me were enjoying the same sounds and probably weren’t ashamed to admit it.
That’s why many of those artists are still making some of the best music of their careers. Top 40 radio just doesn’t know it!
So, if you’re checking this blog out and you’re about Taylor and Justin’s age, take a moment to enjoy my generation’s superstars. You’ll likely enjoy it and know that age doesn’t matter.
Enjoy life and music, regardless of your age or the age of the singers you’re listening to!