My father’s father was an engineer and an inventor. He made, and lost, millions of dollars during his lifetime through a variety of business ventures. I remember my dad and I having a conversation when I was about 13 years old about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Back then, I wanted to be the next Clarence Darrow, Attorney for the Damned. As we were chatting, my dad told me some stories about his own father. He remembered a conversation about the sprinkler that my grandfather invented – imagine being able to water a square area on the lawn automatically! My dad said that someday, who knows, that I might invent something.
I distinctly remember my reply: “But everything’s already been invented.”
What else would any of us possibly need? After all, we had electricity, cars, telephones, and computers that allowed us to play Space Invaders and Asteroids from the pleasure of our own homes.
It was hard for me to believe that there was anything more to think of in 1984. Pre-flip-phones, pre iPhones, pre-having our technologically-rich lives today. I remember when Apple announced that they’d be getting into the mobile phone business. Of course I was excited in spite of having just recently shelled out $500 for a Nokia flip-slide phone thing, and got my first iPhone the very week they were out. Now, it seems that pretty much everybody has one. Even my parents. iPhones have replaced calendars, address books, and cameras. We can play games on them, send emails, text and feel completely lost without them. Seriously, if I lost my phone, I would freak out.
There being nothing left to invent was initially how how I felt about today’s music when Jen said that the topic was the 2000’s. I thought that most of what I listened to was recorded 10, 20, 30 years ago. Metallica, Nina Simone, Simon & Garfunkel, Def Leopard, Billy Idol, Def Leopard.
I wondered whether I actually know any great music from this decade. Turns out, there’s actually quite a bit of kickass music from this very millennium. I’ve told you a few times now how much I love and adore the song We Are Young, by Fun. There are others, too, including:
You Know That I’m No Good, by Amy Winehouse. It’s really too bad that Amy was such a fucking mess, because that girl could sing, people. I love this song.
I also love Live and Die, by the Avett Brothers. I love it hard, peeps.
I can’t not include Voodoo by Godsmack because it’s awesome:
Of course, in 2009, this happened:
Which means that these days, unless I’m alone in the car, I end up having to listen to shit like this that Tucker found on the iPad after I gave it to him using the search term “airplane videos for kids:”
Sorry for the earworm, friends.
Finally, for my lovely friend Emily, I’m including Eminem’s Business. Although she hates music like this, I heard it last week in the car, immediately thought of her, started bawling and almost had to pull over. I know. It’s not a sad song. But she’ll understand.
This has been a Twisted Mixed Tape Tuesday production, Einsteined by Jean Kehl. Come, join us and tell us what your favorite music is from this millennium. It’s fun!
What about you? What music from the last 12 1/2 years do you love?