Last week’s Because I Said So looked at The Generation Gap from “Dad’s” point-of-view. This week we see it from “Son’s” point-of-view with the art of multitasking. It’s only fair!
My son performing at a Rage Against the Machine Tribute concert (photo by Bruce Sallan)
Music and family, aka the “Generation Gap,” affects every generation and family. I’ve enjoyed music for as long as I can remember. There were even genetic connections in my family. My father played violin and his father was a conductor who had perfect pitch. When it came to me, I could passably play guitar and I’ve been told that I have a decent singing voice. I think my rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is especially good. Music tends to define every generation and now, that I have teenagers, I’m enjoying their different tastes in music, although I sometimes roll my eyes and cover my ears in discomfort.
Does the generation gap ever die? My two sons really enjoy contemporary music, especially rock ‘n’ roll, with an emphasis on metal and alternative artists. My older son has become a good guitarist and, in fact, this interest is the first one I’ve seen him devoted to and passionate about. They both really wanted to attend an upcoming rock ‘n’ roll all day/night festival. I naively said okay.
Till now, we’d attended a Bruce Springsteen concert at Dodger Stadium, an Eric Clapton concert at the Hollywood Bowl as well as both Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts. Oh, let’s not forget the SOUND OF MUSIC sing-a-long also at the Bowl! But, nothing quite prepared me for this one. Thankfully, my boys weren’t interested in going all day and seeing the opening bands they didn’t yet know, so we arrived around 5:30 p.m. while Cypress Hill, a rap group, was performing.