If a person were to look at the economy of music discovery and listening, they’ll notice how, with the parallel movements of both accessible modes of music ownership along with a general shifting of free-time usage, throughout the decades music itself has become more of a commodity and less of an unique subject. When it comes to a cut-off point for enjoying popular music, it does make sense that overall that point is in the 30s; the physical body itself is settled into its form by then. That means from that point on, it’s all about maintenance and endurance, whether it’s a standard of living, a standard of action, or a standard of musical appreciation.
The other point relating to the commodifying is how, with the few remaining on the top in popular music, labels in general are reacting the same way as the listener in their 30s; death becomes an inevitability and because of that, they have to maintain and endure all the tumultuous changes. It does lead to stagnation when that’s the only avenue worked in, but that’s where the individual usually either abandons the involvement or goes off on a tangent.
so it goes