Listening to What the Kids are Listening To

Very recently, I’ve learned about both Billie Eilish and Lil Pump. I was going to say that I’m at that age where I can no longer tell the difference between new band names and new soda names. But who am I kidding – the Lollapalooza lineups have been mystifying me for longer than I’d care to admit.

I happened across Bilie Eilish via Spotify, while looking over new releases. I didn’t know much about her, but actually do like her music. At least, the slower stuff. After a few songs, I started searching online and realized she’s quite the popular musician having quite the moment.

For the songs of hers that I like, they do tend to be the slower ones. In particular, “WHEN I WAS OLDER”:

I haven’t quite gotten to the obsessive/looping stage yet, but this is one of those rare songs that I feel sounds even better with headphones on.

As far as Lil Pump goes, I have to confess I haven’t listened (or been able to listen) to much of his music. I know of him via a fantastic article by Scaachi Koul, entitled: Even Lil Pump Can’t Have It All.

Although I have to say that at this point, I’m writing less about Lil Pump and more about Koul’s phenomenal writing:

… Pump is out there living his best life, as evidenced in his song “Drug Addicts,”” where he raps, “I’m a drug addict, I’m richer than my professor (man, fuck school).””

If you are an old person like me — I am a full decade older than Pump so he sort of treats me like a matronly aunt bothering him with questions about his grades — your first question about Pump is likely: Where is your mother?

It really is a fantastic read, and worth your time.

I’m wondering now if I’ve reached the age where I am becoming baffled at the music being listened to now. Much like how I imagine my parents felt, whne they walked into my room, back in the 80’s.

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