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Print Posted By School Dance Network- Admin on 11/07/2017 in Category 1

Teens and 50's Music

Teens and 50's Music

Author and radio personality Garrison Keillor, a self proclaimed crusty old guy, observes something interesting about the music of the 50's and 60's.

My daughter dragged me to a school dance last week, a '50s dance, and it was illuminating as most things with teenagers are. She didn't care to dance with me because I am a postmodern dancer uninhibited by rhythm, so I got to sit and watch teenagers in 2017 going wild to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Fats Domino, and it dawned on me that when rock 'n' roll got all progressive and artistic and inward, something you listened to and tried to figure out what the lyrics meant, it lost the power to make people jump around and have a good time. My daughter was having a wild good time. The dead musicians were alive as could be and youth danced to their tunes with no sense of nostalgia.

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