The Family That Travels Together…

music musings, beaverdamusa.comAs I type this, I am sitting on a deck looking over the ocean on St. George Island, Florida.  It is my family’s annual pilgrimage to the beach so we can refresh and rejuvenate.  We also need to recover from the ride down which is the premise of this musing…..

Imagine putting Eddie Van Halen, Zac Brown Band, Aretha Franklin, and Lil Dickey in a car together for eight hours.  That happened on the way down to the beach.  Nothing will start a family bickering quicker than music selection.  

The rule used to be that whoever had the wheel controlled the music.  Somehow, this rule got tossed away like last week’s leftovers.  It seems there was a mutiny against my beloved music by the rest of my family.  Keep in mind that there are over 10,500 songs in my library now. I could probably meet their needs, but alas, I was thwarted.  I even attempted to placate them by selecting the 70’s on 7 Sirius channel, but that didn’t work either.

Whether it was my sweet bride’s “do you have anything other than John Waite” or my youngest blurting out “oh my, it is a throwback to the 1930’s”, it was a solid eight hours of verbal abuse at me or tonal abuse to my ears.  The eldest tax deduction proceeded to play something out of an underground dance club in Harlem.  My virgin ears were tormented and there were words that I had to look up.  

However, there are bright spots in this mash up – like when the eldest sings along to Heart’s These Dreams”.  I must have done something right along the way.  I think the lesson learned is we each have our own musical tastes and if we open our ears, we may actually find something new we like.  We just have to listen…..

Working on my playlist for the trip home……


About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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