Thanks Uncle Jim for mentioning a whole lot of names, some of which I have not heard of and those that I have heard of - I wouldn't have a clue what they actually sang. (Do you think he lives in a world of his own? )Jim Roots wrote:Smari, there are postings scattered throughout NitrateVille in which people your Dad's age vilify rap and/or hip-hop, just the same way their own fathers slagged the Beatles because they weren't Frank Sinatra, and their grandfathers slagged Sinatra because he wasn't Rudy Vallee.
There are a few artists who transcend the generations, and you accurately mentioned Bowie (I turned my son onto Bowie three years ago!) The Beatles and, depending on the case, the Ramones are two others. Yes, the Ramones ... as long as you like real, fun, energetic rock'n'roll.
This Christmas I gave my son CDs of Marvin Gaye, Yes, and Mitch Ryder. We both idolize Lou Reed and a long-forgotten Canadian prog band called FM.
Although I had a period in the 1960's where I liked the Beatles and a few other pop-singers, I generally liked the same artistes as my father. He of course thought all modern singers should have gone and had a haircut - as this would have greatly improved their abilities.
These days I mainly listen to Al Bowlly, Richard Tauber, Bing Crosby - or as my son so succinctly put it - to anyone who is basically now dead.