Now that the page which shows what I’m listening to on iTunes has been running for a few weeks I really must say that it sure as hell shows my age. Either that or I’m a young person who just happens to have a taste in older music which doesn’t seem very likely given the amount of grey hair on my head.
Most of the songs which show up are 25 or more years old although there is a smattering of much more recent stuff some of which is even from the past couple of years. That’s one of the things about your music collection if you never throw anything away as you get older — there’s more old stuff in there than there is new stuff. There’s nothing you can do about this. It’s just mathematics.
I’m reminded of something written on the inside cover of Frank Zappa’s Cruising with Ruben and the Jets album from 1968 —
This is an album of greasy love songs & cretin simplicity. We made it because we really like this kind of music (just a bunch of old men with rock & roll clothes on sitting around the studio, mumbling about the good old days). Ten years from now you’ll be sitting around with your friends someplace doing the same thing if there’s anything left to sit on.
Despite the slightly odd punctuation, how true that turned out to be. Sigh.
Posted 19 August 2006, 01:15 BST