As you know, your friendly local blogger is a bit of a music obsessive. The thing is this -- I stopped trying to stay current on music about 20 years ago. It became clear, even back then, that it was too much work and that, in the main, a lot of what was out there was not worth knowing. It didn't seem necessary to know the difference between Keith Sweat and Al B. Sure, or the subtle distinctions between Johnny Hates Jazz and the Information Society.
Now it's 20 years on. For the most part, I'm at the embarrassing point where I see a list of songs on the pop chart and I can't be sure which is the song title and which is the name of the band. And when I talked with the Stinger about it last night, it even got more embarrassing:
Mr. D: So, I'm trying to at least find out a little bit about some new music.
Stinger: Good for you. What have you listened to lately?
Mr. D: Well, I heard a song I liked from a band called Cake.
Stinger: Cake? Yeah, they're pretty good. They've been around for about 10 years, though.
Indeed they had. And the song that I liked by Cake apparently was recorded in 2001.
So my question is: have you reached the point where keeping up with the current music is no longer important to you? And if so, when did you reach that point?