Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “The ‘There’s Hope for this Generation’s Music’ Playlist”

Near the end of last school year, one of my seniors gave me a mixed CD she had made, songs she thought I should listen to, and on a half-folded index card inside was the handwritten title “The ‘There’s Hope for this Generation’s Music’ Playlist.” She and I had often talked about music during the four years she was in my classes, and she knew that most of my disappointment in current music came from seeing a steady procession of (mostly bad) new groups or singers on Saturday Night Live! Without malicious resentment or in-your-face stubbornness, she laid this shiny metallic offering on the desk of a cynical, forty-year-old Generation X-er, and just asked me give it a fair listen. I can do that, I agreed.

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