ACKNOWLEDGING MUSIC AND AGING

What is The National Anthem for Aging?

I don’t know, so let’s figure this out together

Lee J. Bentch
Just Thoughts
Published in
2 min readJun 8, 2024

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A poster picture that says Sing to Aging
Image Created by BING _ AI under the guidance of author LJBentch

Aging happens. We all get old, and we can’t stop the process. So, we might as well enjoy ourselves on the journey.

I realized that aging doesn’t have a designated national song. Or if it does, nobody wants to admit it and declare the song The National Anthem for Aging.

When’s the last time you were at a ball game and the announcer says, let’s sing to aging?

Now, I’m not talking about the songs of our past, those timeless tunes that have hung on for the last seventy years and are just as good now as they were then.

I’m talking about songs dedicated to making us proud to be boomers. Songs that embody the experience of life as we age. Songs with lyrics that acknowledge our experiences, the good and bad times we’ve had, and the time we have left.

There are a lot of aging songs out there, from the Beatles singing When I’m Sixty-Four to Pete Seeger’s Turn Turn Turn, perfectly covered by the Byrds and others. John Mellencamp, Tracy Lawrence, Joni Mitchell, and Paul Simon all have songs that could fit the bill. There are so many that a whole new genre should be recognized.

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Lee J. Bentch
Just Thoughts

I am an author, a technology guy, a grandad, a widower, and a man with many interests. I write to inform and entertain. Email: lee@lbentch.com