Over the past few days, I've been sharing my thinking and research for a presentation about the future of music. A big question is: how do we learn to love it?
Studies have shown that we respond to music even in the womb. Initially, what our parents listen to is what we like, and lately parents who want to like what they will have to listen to over and over and over are opting for music they can relate to, such as They Might Be Giants' kid-focused oeuvre or the new Baby Loves Hip Hop.
Over time kids become more influenced by their friends, and want to hear what their friends are listening to, thus the popularity of Radio Disney.
I won't even go into the adolescent years. A significant part of becoming your own person is developing your own tastes, and making sure your parents (and the experts) don't approve goes along with it.
I'm trying to imagine just how horrified parents must have been when they first saw this (in the '80s, obviously). The end of civilization as we know it? Or the best band ever?