Where has the honesty gone in today's music ?

One night after knocking back a couple of double IPA's, I was grilling chicken in the yard when a song came on the radio. It was Neil Young's "Old Man". Now I've heard this song many times before, but for some reason on this night Neil's voice just rang out a bit more true (could it be the double IPA's...hmm ). As he sang "old man take a look at my life, I'm a lot like you were " in his high pitched voice with the type of conviction that only he could convey, it hit me. I thought to myself, where has the heart gone in today's music? Where is the soul? Where are the lyrics that give you the warm & fuzzies? Now, I know what your thinking, as we get older (slightly) we tend to believe the younger generation has their heads up their asses and they don't know what real music is (and this is all correct). But the music I speak of is not music from my generation and yet the lyrics still resinate today and in another 50 years this will still be the case because some lyrics are timeless and although the times they are a changin a sincere lyric will always be felt. Okay, so it might not be fair to compare all musicians to Neil Young and I am not saying that all of today's music is crap because there are some artist's out there that will leave their mark on this world. It just seems that the musicians of yesteryear had a certain candor that is unseen today and I believe that some of the best music comes from a place deep within the soul and whether it's derived from pain or sheer joy those feelings have to be authentic. When the artist feels it we feel it. But let's be honest, some of the artist of the 60's and 70's might have had some other forces of nature at work to help the creative process along and bring out some of those deep and brooding feelings. Just as those couple of IPA's prompted me to write this.    

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