This is not a rant per se, but more of a rhetorical question (I don't think I have the definition right, but fuck it, I'm not getting paid to remember). I can honestly say one of the things I can be thankful for with my parents is my music education. I can remember long road trips where we would listen to Creedance Clearwater Revival, Bread, Simon & Garfunkel, the Bee Gees (their old stuff like "New York Mining Disaster"), Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, The Dave Clark Five (?), The Beach Boys, The Eagles, and you guessed it, the Beatles. And I'm still leaving out a whole bunch of other things. As I grew up, I started to discover my own generation's music. There was that period with Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Live, The Dave Matthews Band, and The Offspring. I also went the other way and discovered the following artists on my own like AC/DC (their older catalogue), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac (funny story, I used to make fun of people for listening to Mac, now I love those guys), Led Zeppelin, Cream, and Pink Floyd, just to name a few. I go through my dad's old records, and there's still crap I haven't even touched yet. I remember him telling me about Steely Dan, and I was like, "Who?" and he was like, "eh, they're okay, but too loud for me." I look at music today, and I'm thinking, "well, there are some okay stuff here, but is it really going to stand the test of time?" Hell, even pop music like Michael Jackson's stuff is still around, but I don't think Britney and Duff stuff is going to be around much longer. I'm still finding out older stuff like The Band, Allman Brothers, and even country like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Sr. The only rap I listen to today is probably Outkast. Otherwise, for every rap hit out there, I still go back to Run DMC, Easy E, and Snoop's and Tupac's stuff. "Rubber Band Man" is absolutely terrible. At least my little sister knows what "Immigrant Song" is now. It's fun to sing along.