I was just watching a PBS special about music in the 1960’s. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Beach Boys, The Miracles and the Temptations were chronicled, just to name a few.
Now I understand in my head that every generation has its music, and they are in part defined by it. But in the sixties, music also reflected the societal changes that were evolving as young people rebelled against the stoic establishment.
During a decade that endured assassinations, the civil rights movement, the Viet Nam War and its associated protests, the new drug culture, and the moon landings, music provided the steady beat that bound people together.
And in my heart, I know that the music was also very good. The proof is in the test of time. The songs are still being covered by current artists, and the music will live beyond the generation itself.
So I’m not saying that I grew of age during the most epoch musical era of modern times. That is for history to judge.
I’m just saying that I consider myself very fortunate to have lived during one of the most influential music periods of all time!