The Beauty of Old Music

MUSIC – /ˈmyo͞ozik/ – noun; vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

Oh how I wish I could’ve lived in a time where repetitive bass dropping, talking really fast, and auto tune weren’t things that are considered music.  Somewhere along the way, real music became obsolete, and this synthesized excuse for music became popular.  I’m not saying that there isn’t any good music today, it’s just different.

In the times of classic rock, people could really get into the music of a song.  The lyrics meant something, and the musicians were actually musicians, not plastic pop stars who were created by Hollywood.  I’m not trying to say that singers nowadays aren’t talented, because there definitely are some talented people, what I’m really trying to say is that older music should just be more appreciated.

I remember when I was little when I was in the car with my dad, and he would play his old music, and I would hate every minute of it.  I never gave it a chance, simply because it was old.  I don’t really know when I realized how much I was missing out on, but when I did, it opened the door to so much new music; at least, new to me.

If you love music, like I do, and you haven’t discovered the beauty of the 70s and 80s, here are 10 songs that can get you started into branching out into some new old music.

1.  “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon; a personal favorite that always puts me in a good mood.


2.  “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles; a classic, you can never go wrong with The Beatles.


3. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen; this song may not be as well known as some of Queen’s other songs, like “We are the Champions” or, “We Will Rock You,” but it’s just as good.


4. “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel; this song can appeal to any generation at any time of life.  Billy Joel has several other hits, including “Piano Man.”


5. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee; this song is the perfect duet.  It’s a classic that will be stuck in your head for days.


6. “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas; this song is a perfect example of classic rock.  The guitar solo really symbolizes a lot of the music from this time.


7. “Baba O’Riley” by The Who; a song that can only be described as epic.  It’s the perfect song to listen to when something great is happening.  It builds and builds and only gets even better as the song continues.


8. “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan; the most classic of classic songs.  It may be a long song, but the lyrics give a story that’s well worth the listen.


9. “Mr. Bluesky” by Electric Light Orchestra; this song is bound to put you in a good mood.  The music and lyrics remind you of good times.


10. “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp; a great story about a couple of teenagers living life.  This song is an ode to the joys of being 16.


Julia Von Allmen ’16

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