Rock & Roll Lives
(I think. I hope.)
I was going down the queueing rabbit hole on Spotify the other night when I noticed a music lesson staring me in the face.
To see the “lesson” I at least felt I experienced, listen to the following playlist in its entirety. (Ok, so I just finished a hot Netflix series, begrudge me the rhetorical latitude — no other deeper reference than that)
I’ll wait 😀
It’s tracks listed individually, with release date:
Girl from the North Country ‘63
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
Little Wing ‘67
Ramble On ‘69
Jesus & Mary Chain
Let Down ‘97
With respectful homage to the true godfathers of Rock & Roll, like Jackie Breston, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, my personal preferences just begin with Dylan & Cash — no judgement of who’s more worthy.
Regardless, there were a few lessons I took away from this playlist exploration.
Rock & Roll has survived for 70+ years, depending on where the starting line is placed by critic and fan alike.
But, there are constants:
- If you like one of the songs on the playlist, there’s a very high likelihood you’ll like all of them.
- Equally, they are all relevant (forward & backward, chronologically) — regardless of their decade.
- Each artist (every bit IMHO), informed their respective decades on how to do it just every so slightly differently.
That’s the beauty of Rock & Roll — and quality, original music:
- It’s ever-enduring
- It’s ever-relevant
- It’s everyoung
What keeps me up at 12:45am, still writing this is — I don’t see who’s next.
Again, IMHO. Either because I’ve genuinely lost touch, which is devastating to think; or another artist has yet to pick up the torch.
It’s not just about being a great band or artist, but about being one that puts a well-deserved dent in Rock & Roll for future decades. That’s what I’m looking for.
Caveat: There are many other artists that could (and should) have been on this list. This was my choice today. I’m sure I’d listen otherwise on another day.