It sucks that 2016 has been so ruthless on taking childhood heroes and icons. Yesterday one of the greatest guitarists of all time shook loose the mortal coil. If you believe in the afterlife, you're damn sure that with a lineup of Merle Haggard, David Bowie, Lemmy and now Prince, Heaven is putting on one bad fucking show right now.
Was sifting through Prince tracks, found covers. One was by Chris Cornell. That led me to sift through Soundgarden then to Temple of the Dog.
There was something to be said about rock/pop music from the 80s to the 90s. Whether is was pop, hard rock, metal, alternative, country...there was an extremely high level of creativity and genuineness about the music.
I'm tired of blaming the lack of ingenuity in art on Millenials. It really is a cop-out. If anything we (the older generations) have to take partial blame for allowing changes in culture and technology to put a stranglehold on creativity.
When Prince passed away yesterday, the world lost another immensely creative talent. He was a man that pushed boundaries in music and in culture, sometimes carving new paths, while also forcing the hand of the establishment to maintain order (The parental advisory label wasn't because of groups like 2 Live Crew, it was in large part to Prince's "Darling Nikki").
If you're a teen or early 20-something and enjoying what are now being considered classics, music from my generation and the one before me, I'm happy you're partaking in what I considered such an incredible era of pop culture.