Friday, October 30, 2015
Remembering the music of the 60s
A few days ago a friend posted to Facebook a poster for the late-1960s band "It's a Beautiful Day," whose album of the same name came out in 1968. I was inspired to go to YouTube and listen to the most popular track, "White Bird." Now that song did not make much of an impact on mainstream radio, as I recall, but that video has nearly a million and a half plays and a long list of testimonials from listeners about how much it meant to them.
I am about the same age as these people, and I too have very fond memories of "White Bird." Of course one reason I feel that way is that I was in my late teens, when (according to a cliche that seems to be true) I was acquiring "the music of my life." But I also am convinced that between about 1967 and 1973 there was an unusual explosion of creativity during which an amazing variety of music was produced by young people.
It's a Beautiful Day (the band) is a good example of the riches that we (those of us who were lucky enough to have alternative sources of music) had thrown at our feet in the late 60s. Listen to their Top Tracks on YouTube and ask yourself, what genre is this music? Rock and roll? Folk-rock? Hard rock? There are elements of all sorts of music that would soon enough become traditions of their own. One has the thought that if there had been no popular music in 1967, and highly cultured aliens had given Earth It's A Beautiful Day all of the music of the 1970s could have been created from that single seed.
But it's not just IABD. Dozens and dozens of other bands might have played the same roll.
I feel privileged to have experienced this amazing era in music.