One of the great things about music, besides its ability to get even the most unlikely of people shaking their tail feathers, is its ability to connect us. Music is impartial to race, creed, political persuasion, gender or any other socio-economic-demographic boundaries that we try to draw around each other. If a beat moves you or a lyric touches you, tag you’re in. No other pre-conditions or entry fee is required.
Music tastes vary, and there certainly appears to be generational gaps to musical preferences, but music is a body of work that seems to be built on the shoulders of the giants of each generation. Sometimes musical evolution is gentle with new rifs or emphasis sprinkled in here and there reminiscent of Darwin’s theories but other times it’s more in line with Thomas Kuhn’s dissertation on the structure of revolutions with one movement (or generation in the case of music) rejecting convention and jumping ship to take a diametrically opposed position in a non-linear paradigm shift.
By way of musical example I am reminded of the 1970s disco genre which ushered in the emergence of hard rock (which actually seems a bit soft by today’s rock standards) at the infamous disco demolition night at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The scene turned a bit primeval with fans tearing up the field and burning records in what started out as a ballpark promotion but seemed to tap into a new generation’s distaste for the popular music scene that created an unruly melee. I suspect the alcohol sales at the ball game contributed to the death of disco that night but it’s also a great example of Thomas Kuhn’s philosphy at work.
Kent has a long history of a rich music scene and whether you choose to enjoy it or revolt against it, it is up to you thanks to places like Water Street Tavern who has announced another year of live music.
Here’s a note from Water Street Tavern Owner Mike Beder: