A person I work with made me aware of a term for the music of my generation, “Dad Rock”. Music from people like Huey Lewis and the News, Boston, Phil Collins, Genesis, Kansas, Supertramp, Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Heart, Foreigner, Jefferson Starship, Rick Springfield, Styx, Toto, Chicago, Van Halen, Peter Frampton, and the list goes on. All of these artists are important to my generation.
I am not a dad but I won’t shy away from embracing the term. Friends I am a middle-aged person who came of age in the 1980’s.
As the scene is dominated by Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Beyonce’, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Megan Trainor, Katy Perry, etc. today its safe to say that “Dad Rock” in some way influenced today’s talent in much the same way my father’s “Dad Rock” inspired the music of my generation.
It is interesting that music of my generation is being used in commercials to appeal to my age range. The nostalgic angle is a good one to sell goods and services. It’s all good though.