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Let’s go back–before auto-tune, CDs and MP3s. I’m talking about the 1980s. Some of you may remember those days or appreciate the nuance of a generation that created timeless hits such as “When Doves Cry” and “Careless Whisper.” Others may wax sentimental over their own generation of music while growing up, but I believe the music of the 80s were more universal, spanning all genres by all races. This was before the world of the Internet and iTunes. MTV and your local radio and TV stations were the way we heard our music. You had to physically take yourself to a store to buy your music. Gasp! Or there was the kid-on-the-budget alternative of taping your music off the radio station while the DJ cut into the end of your favorite song.

There were some drawbacks to the WAY we listened to music.

Music over the years has definitely become more diverse with many artists mixing genre styles and collaborating with others. And as the world has progressed across color lines and embraced all types of sounds, there still seems to be some segmentation in our listening. Everyone from the city to the suburbs is listening to Drake or Lil Wayne. But I remember people listening to Culture Club, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, the Beastie Boys, Wham, and Sade. And it was music with meaning and passion. Admittedly, there was some corniness that came with the 80s. From big hair and shoulder pads to neon sweaters and leg warmers, no one would describe that era as the height of fashion and sophistication, but there was an innocence, an optimism that can’t be matched. So go ahead and enjoy a bit of the 80s, minus the mullet and jheri curl.

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