This comes from a reader named Chris who believes that it’s his job as a father to educate his kids on music. I like his style.
As an actuary, I can’t help but have an interest in human life expectancy. A short while back, I came to the sad realization that most of the pioneers of the classic rock era will be entering their seventies over the next decade – and, consequently, an increasing number of them will be passing on. Since October, we’ve already lost Jack Bruce of Cream, Ian McLagan of The Faces, and saxophonist Bobby Keys. In other words, the next few years promise to be somewhat depressing.
However, I may have found a way to ease the pain. When Joe Cocker died on December 22nd, I found Darling Be Home Soon on my iPhone and played it for my two daughters (aged 15 and 18). After that, we agreed (or more accurately, I dictated) that going forward we would play a tune from any recently deceased rock artists to commemorate their passing. Apart from serving as a personal memorial, it also gives me a chance to expose the girls to a little more music from my era.
And just maybe, they will come to realize that the music mom and dad listen to isn’t that weird after all.
If you have children, think about following Chris’ lead. If you have an idea about how to educate the next generations on the glories of music, lemme know and I’ll arrange for some guest blog space.