February 3, 2009

Baby Boomers FYI: Music of The Next Generation

What Your Grandchildren Are Listening To
teenagers and music

By Boomeryearbook.com

Each year, new music sensations come onto the scene and attempt to leave a lasting impression with the music industry. I’m sure you have listened to and seen your fair share of them as a young Baby Boomer. Today, your grandchildren have a wide variety of music genres available at the click of a mouse with each having its own loyal followers. To be considered a hip grandparent, it is essential that you have some knowledgeable about the music that makes up the soundtrack of your grandchildren’s iPods.

Music Obsessed Generation

The creation of hi-tech music players such as iPods and MP3 players has caused a generational obsession by music lovers because of the opportunity to personalize and privatize their music selection even more. The genres that are popular, mainly because they are highlighted in the media include Pop, Rap / Hip-Hop, R&B, and Rock & Roll. Each genre contains artistes and songs that even your 8 year old grandchild may know.

What Are They?

For those Boomers who are not familiar with these genres, it can be confusing trying to figure out which song and artiste fits under which category. Here is a little cheat sheet that may come in handy:

Pop - The earliest use of the term “pop music” was used to describe music that had popular appeal. The term is now used to describe a type of music; one that is upbeat and rhythmic, appealing to mainstream with catchy hooks that may come from a group as well as a solo artist. Many pop singers have come and gone. Some that are popular today include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and the boy band, Take 5.

Rhythm & Blues - Also known as R&B, this genre was originally created by African-Americans who combined blues and jazz. It opened the doors to many other types of music and the title has been used by many in the past. Today it can be considered a modern version of soul, and songs usually focus on loving that special someone. Some popular artists include John Legend, Usher, and Mariah Carey.

Rap / Hip-Hop – Rap or Hip Hop originated in the 70’s in the Bronx, NY. It gained popularity predominantly among African-Americans and Latino-Americans. However, today Rap and Hip-Hop are embraced by all cultures worldwide. Rappers can be described as fast talk poets because their lyrics usually flow smoothly and rhyme. The reputation of rap music has gotten marred by the degrading and violent lyrics that have become the norm nowadays, and many songs are not for the ears of an adult let alone your young grandchild’s. However, there are the few who stay true to its roots. Some popular rappers include Lil Wayne, Eminem, Young Joc and Jay-Z.

Rock – Rock music originates from the Rock and Roll of the late 40’s. This music is known for its loud guitars, drums, and singing. There is a couple of traditional rock and roll bands from the 60’s and 70’s still making music, and the younger crowd has embraced them as well. Contemporary Rock music today is still loud and head banging, some a lot more than others. Their topics range from love to everyday actions and there are many bands to choose from. Some popular rock bands include Fall Out Boy, The White Stripes, The Killers, and Audioslave.

There are many more genres that your grandchild may be tapped into, so ask them about it. Start a casual conversation and you may open a channel of communication that you never thought you would reach with them. You may be surprised; you might, also, like what you hear!

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