I admit that these songs really take me back. They take me back to a time that is long gone. Back to a time when marijuana was as common as beer and everyone you knew - at least among the older kids - seemed stoned half the time. Hell, I knew what pot smelled like long before I knew what beer tasted like. And it still makes me laugh, even today, to think of how ignorant most adults and parents were of what was going on right below their noses. We would roar whenever an adult would get a whiff and then exclaim, in complete surprise: "Is something burning!?" Good times. And as much as I love to reminisce, it only makes me feel old.
I guess what bums me out the most is how many of these artists are dead or dying. It seems that every month, some rock star I grew up listening to has died. Very depressing. And, of course, you can only hear most of this music on oldies stations anymore, apart from the huge artists. Still, I find the music inspiring and I hope that I will be listening to it all for many, many years to come.