Our sweet spot for music are those crucial years between the time you enter high school and when you leave college. That’s when you have the most time, effort and desire to immerse yourself in music, which you then use as a way of projecting your identity to the rest of the world.
But then life starts to get in the way. Relationships. Kids. Mortgages. Jobs. It gets harder and harder to keep up with things the way you did. And it’s funny how new music doesn’t sound as good as it did in the good old days.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. It’s totally normal. Everyone goes through it. But even if you can’t keep up with what the kids are into, you can still follow most of your favourite bands from back in the day. And you should never, every feel guilty about that. This is from Salon:
This year, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by making the pilgrimage to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to see Toad the Wet Sprocket. As a kid who grew up in the ’90s (and as someone predisposed to loving sentimental songs with jangly guitars), the band was always a prominent part of my life’s soundtrack. When I started discovering popular music in junior high, the mysterious, artsy videos for “All I Want” and “Walk On the Ocean” were all over MTV. Alternative radio played the heck out of “Something’s Always Wrong” and “Good Intentions,” while one of my favorite episodes of “My So-Called Life” used the turbulent “Fall Down” to represent the character Rayanne Graff’s sobriety slip. Both 1994′s “Dulcinea” and 1997′s “Coil” were BMG Record Club purchases that followed me from late high school all the way through Toad the Wet Sprocket’s breakup and on to my first adult full-time job; I still have distinct memories of listening to those albums in my office, high above a busy street in St. Louis.