Someone commented recently that I was too old to like the music that I love.
Is this a thing? Does music have an age limit?
I missed that memo, but it did get me thinking about it.
I like a huge range of music, I listen to whatever makes me happiest in the moment that I am in.
That might be Billy Joel, hits from musicals, Luke Combs, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Queen, Anne-Marie, The Chicks, Lizzo, Oasis, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Lewis Capaldi, The Wonder Stuff, Niall Horan, Elton John… you get the idea.
I don’t overthink it, I choose whatever I fancy at the time. And music is always playing here.
As I work from home, I get to choose music all day long.
I play it from the moment that I come downstairs in the morning, whilst I work throughout the day and when I’m cooking and cleaning. It’s right there for the taking, and it always lifts my mood.
I just hadn’t considered that at the age of 45 I couldn’t listen to some artists. And I think this one only goes one way, it’s just the younger singers that are out of bounds.
I think it’s OK to listen to Elvis? Who died the year I was born? Though for the record I do happily listen to Elvis, Burning Love is one of my top mood lifting tunes!
But not so much One Direction, right? As I am old.
I mean, it’s pretty difficult not to listen to One D in my house, my daughter plays it a lot. And I decided to take an interest because if my kid is into it, I want to show her that I am interested too. It turns out, there’s a reason they’re one of the biggest boy bands of all time, they made some good songs! So I listen to them, along with many of the younger artists I’ve mentioned and others.
And I think this is OK. I mean, music is music, right? You just listen to whatever resonates, makes you smile, makes you dance, makes you feel.
If I am lucky enough to reach my seventies, eighties, am I only able to like the music that exists in the world so far, no newer music from younger artists? That’s a sad thought.
No, no, no!
I will listen to whatever music makes me the happiest and I won’t be told that I am too old for it.
I mean, if I’m honest, I’m still 17 at heart anyway, so I think that puts every song on the table.
I’m interested to know what you think, does music have an age limit?