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Best period in music?
09/21/17 at 22:30:57
 
So what do you think is the best period of music?
I'm betting that most of us will answer that it was in a time period that spanned from your early teens until your mid twenties.
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Re: Best period in music?
Reply #1 - 09/21/17 at 22:34:32
 
In my case no, I think that the time period I'm most interested in is about '50 to '70, from when I was not yet born (I was born in '55) til I was about 15. I am fascinated by the jazz music of this period, and both earlier and later, but these 20 years really have a strong allure to me.

I didn't really start collecting and listening to it hard until the end of the 'seventies, I started with some Miles Davis in '72 or so and gradually was drawn deeper into jazz history and music by the end of that decade. To the point that by the mid-eighties I hardly listened to other genres with any continuity. . . jazz became a musical obsession.
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Reply #2 - 09/22/17 at 03:15:45
 
I can safely say for the most part the '80's was my least favorite.  Few exceptions.

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Reply #3 - 10/09/17 at 17:51:10
 
70's were great...
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Reply #4 - 10/09/17 at 21:04:46
 
To me, it depends on the genre of music.  

For rock, pretty much all of 60s and first half of 70s, I would say.  

Being a jazz musician, even though I like everything, I have a soft spot for 50s and 60s bebop and hard bop spanning from Bird all the way to Shorter.  But what has come out of the New York scene since mid-90s, I find amazing.

I am not a big fan of pop, but I like the kitsch stuff from 80s, maybe for having my teenage years then.

For classical, anything and everything!  On another note, these days I am reading Morton Feldman's "Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman."  Highly recommended...
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Reply #5 - 02/28/18 at 03:39:14
 
Not really. I use to think it was the90s but it's actually the 30s, 60s and 80s. 30s because of guys like Richie Valens, 60s because of early hippie rock and 80s because of synth music.
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Reply #6 - 02/28/18 at 10:49:23
 
Morecowbell wrote on 02/28/18 at 03:39:14:
Not really. I use to think it was the90s but it's actually the 30s, 60s and 80s. 30s because of guys like Richie Valens, 60s because of early hippie rock and 80s because of synth music.  

I'm sure it's typo--50s, as Richie Valens was born in '41 and died in '59. What a tragedy.
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Reply #7 - 04/14/18 at 13:31:12
 
So what do you think is the best period of music?
I'm betting that most of us will answer that it was in a time period that spanned from your early teens until your mid twenties.

I think you came up with a question that would be interesting as well to ask it as it would pertain to different periods in the evolution of music along with humans.

As an example lets take the general theory that teenagers want to listen to something other than what their parents listen to. How about a point in history when there was less variety. The classical period.  So any composers who were considered "cool" by the standards of that period which younger people were drawn to? How about early man using stick to hit a rock or log creating a basic rhythm. Was it perhaps a young cave boy who took an animal skin and stretched it to make a drum?  That bit of technological breakthrough is still used today. What an innovator. At a certain point someone dreamed of electronic music until it was a reality.

We find our favorite in the past and present because it exists but it is a  wonder about what music genera and innovation we have yet to dream up and make new? Do you think AI will make music pleasing to them? They certainly wouldn't need to convert it to analog. A pop song duration to them may be milliseconds or perhaps a continuous stream of improvised impulses something we humans would not even recognize as music.

Anyway that was the thought journey your question took me on. I enjoyed thinking about your question. Thanks.
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Reply #8 - 04/23/19 at 16:19:15
 
Interesting post. I think most people lose their ability to try to understand new music at about 35. I found that to be true of myself. When I hit college I started listening to jazz and 20th century classical, went back to rock for a bit and now am neck deep in the jazz and modern classical.
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Reply #9 - 07/28/19 at 19:47:43
 
For rock, the 90s were amazing!  You had so much variety.  We were realy spoiled!
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Reply #10 - 07/28/19 at 22:44:48
 
I think right now is the best period in music. Never have we had the amount of music to consume and be inspired by. As a musician, I am influenced by everything I listen to which is a fun journey in itself to explore. We all have the best play back systems available with the only constraint being our wallets and the engineering that went into the album. With so many genres and mediums of absorbing music, I can't think of a better time than now.
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