Let tell you something that I even find hard to believe and I was at the center of it.
A few years back my wife and a couple of my sons were talking about The Eagles. I simply had no idea who or what they were talking about. It was like “you’ve got to be kidding, you don’t know who The Eagles are ?”.
I could honestly say that I had never heard of The Eagles.
After them explaining to me that they were one of the most popular bands of the 70s and again in the 90s I went online and pulled up some of their songs. Many of their songs sounded very familiar. So I had heard those wildly popular tunes, I just had no idea who sang them.
Give a minute or two to explain: During a period of time, from the early 1970s through the 1990s I was first off was very focused on work and listened to music very little. When I did listen I had tapes of 50s and 60s country and western artists that I grew up with that I enjoyed. I listened to everything in 60s and I liked the rock and roll of that time period. But when the 70s rolled around I quickly became disillusioned with the loud and obnoxious sounds of everything being recorded. The country music all began to sound the same.
So I turned it off and tuned it out. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t still hear it and there was some I liked that I’d hear playing, but there was more that I didn’t like.
During the three decades that I was on strike from new music I mostly listened to talk radio or radio programs that played the old stuff.
So what it all boils down to, as I’ve become more hard of hearing all that head-banging stuff doesn’t sound so bad now. I have plenty of other sounds and ear-ringing going on in my head.
I could be someone that has more different genre’s on my iPhone than almost anyone around. If you don’t believe me, just get me to show you the next time we meet up. I’ll gladly talk to you about how I came to appreciate each one of those very different sounds. They almost all have a story.