gracefully surrendering

A singer who was mega popular in the 1990’s complained recently that today’s music industry is heavily youth oriented. When I was young, in my hippy 20’s, we quoted a poem, the Desiderata, which included the lines “gracefully surrendering the things of youth”. Someone who was asked why another artist was no longer popular replied, “Have you asked yourself was there any reason  you should have been popular in the first place”.

Leaving all of that aside, because there are dozens of quotes about how fame is fickle, and success comes & goes, without logic or reason, what I take from the situation so described is the spectacle of a younger generation. Because my parents were so tragically hard-worked, I doubt they had the leisure to lift heir heads from the daily grind and contemplate what their children were making of life. I have been given that luxury; as a result I watch a young family next door, several in my street, in fact, parents with 2 children; the life they weave together is a curious spectacle. Their generation, simply with the basic apps on a mobile phone, have access to a swathe of helpers & advisers, all of whom they need, in this complex new world.

In my 20’s, in the 1970’s, there were challenges which I did not thoroughly realise; now it is patently obvious that young adults are shaping their reality; as David Bowie sang, “they’re quite aware of what they’re going through”.


About anton veenstra

tapestry weaver, fibre artist, gay/qr activist, multiculturalist
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