Parents of teens and young adults talk a lot about the drawbacks of having children in this age group. I'm guilty of that myself. Today, I want to focus on one of the benefits.
If it weren't for my kids, my musical horizons would have come to a screeching halt in the early 1980s, with the exception of any new releases by artists or bands from the late '60s and early '70s who might record something new (Eagles, I'm looking at you.)
But I'm writing this while listening to Twenty's Avett Brothers CD. In my car, I've got his girlfriend's Head and the Heart album. Still waiting for a first listen: The Lumineers. And then there's Mumford & Sons, Minor Motion, Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys--just to name a few that they've already introduced to me. My Big Kids have great taste in music, and their interest spans a wide range.
Twenty is budgeting some of his summer earnings for the purchase of early-fall releases by two of his (many) favorite bands: The Avett Brothers on September 11 and Mumford & Sons on the 24th of the same month. When he told me about those two dates, as he marked his calendar, I commented that it was strange that only one of the albums ws releasing on a Tuesday.
I was quite surprised that Twenty, who is so in tune with current bands, had no idea that albums in the USA are traditionally released on Tuesdays. We couldn't figure out why Mumford & Sons' CD is coming out on a Monday, but when I looked into it, I learned that release dates are always Mondays in the UK and France--and in Germany, it's Friday.
Twenty can't wait for the release of these two new albums. I'm looking forward to them myself--how long until he comes home for fall break so I can borrow all his CDs again?
Good parents pay attention to what their kids read, play, and listen to. I'm glad that my Big Kids have expanded my musical horizons.
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Avett Brothers live in concert image credit