I think my children would describe me as a musical curmudgeon.
I mean once I defined curmudgeon for them.
The elementary school kiddos ask me to listen to this or that contemporary tune, along with the question: "Dad, do you like it?"
My answer is almost always. "No. I like OLD stuff. I listen to sports talk and news when I get a chance, what do you expect?"
"But, dad this is great!"
"Blah!" I reply with a smile.
But they never give up.
And recently, they found a modern song that I did not poopoo: Wake Me Up by Sweedish music producer Avicii which is sung by Aloe Blacc.
In the song, I hear soulful vocals, a pleasant melody, and dashes of bluegrass.
Though I enjoy the song with vocals, I my favorite version of it is done by Ashanti Floyd--also known as the Mad Violinist.
Floyd was inspired by his mother to try violin at age three. Now considered a top violinist, he also plays over 30 other instruments. This musician has performed live with legend B.B. King, toured, and appeared countless times on television and stage.
Floyd is also one of the first alumni of the Javacya Arts Conservatory in Florida; a nonprofit that teaches music and life skills to children and teens.
And when Floyd's schedule permits, you'll also find him volunteering at the Conservatory as the Artist in Residence to help kids develop a passion for music.
Here is the Mad Violinist performing Wake Me Up (if the video below does not load, click here):
So thanks to Ashanti Floyd and Aloe Blacc for preventing me from permanently being labeled a "musical curmudgeon."
Have a super weekend everyone.
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