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The Tyranny of Youth

Thursday, October 26, 2017

There are a lot of kids here on the Banjo Hangout and that's a good thing for the survival of our musical sport. You always need new blood to keep a thing going. At the same time the BHO respects age and experience and there is a steady sharing of skills and knowledge between the old guys and gals and the young pups coming up that happens here. There's a respect here for the skill that goes with age and experience and in the opposite direction there's a respect for youthful energy and innovation. 

Unfortunately for the (barely) United States of America, we've fallen (or at least those in the marketing industry have fallen) for the old Celtic ideal of Tir-na-og, the mythical land of youth as its utopian ideal. Not good for us geezers since in mythical Tir-na-og, seniors were not welcome.

You see this youth-centricism every season on television as they cancel all the really good television shows (i.e. the ones I like) and give as an excuse that they only appeal to an older audience. If it doesn't attract the 20-30 demographic it gets shoveled on the ash heap by the marketing gurus. They've canceled "Longmire" in case you're wondering why I'm complaining about this like I'm some cranky old geezer (which I am).  Their excuse is that Longmire's audience skewed older. It wasn't attracting the kids which is their desired audience.

Well duh!

Longmire told an actual story and wasn't layered with messages about global warming and how awful Republicans are. The plot was character-driven not "issues" driven.  You had to pay attention to it in order to know what was going on. There were characters and depth of storytelling like you don't see much on TV these days.  Very likely it will be replaced with some cynical bit of youthful snobbery with lots of bells, flashing lights, gossip and whistles and the occasional squirrel or naked person. Maybe some celebrities in tight pants will dance. It's all about attracting the attention of the perpetual children that make up so much of the 20-30 year old demographic these days.

People who don't have the attention span to learn to play banjo!

Now don't you feel superior?  I certainly do!

;-)

Tom King
 

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Occupation: Freelance Writer, nonprofit consultant & grant writer

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Age: 63

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Squared Eel custom banjo, Goya classical guitar

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Clancy Brothers, Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin, Connie Dover, Emmy Lou and anyone, Willie Nelson and anyone, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Gordon Lightfoot, Alison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Joe Bethancourt

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I grew up in the small Seventh-day Adventist college town of Keene, Texas where I graduated in 1976 with a degree in English-Communications. I married a Scots-Irish-Indian woman from Monroe, Louisiana and raised three children and some cats and dogs, birds and fish. I’ve taught school, taught swimming, canoeing and sailing, knot tying, camping and astronomy for kids. I’ve water skied on canoe paddles, assorted bits of lumber and my elbows. I have a couple of canoes and a catamaran, 3 guitars, two banjos, a dulcimer, a mandolin, a fiddle, 2 recorders, a penny whistle, fife, a bag of harmonicas, a bodhrain, pair of bones and a jaw harp or two – all of which I play badly. I’ve helped start up 6 nonprofit organizations in 25 years and raised millions of dollars none of which ever managed to stick to my bank account. I’ve won awards for documentary screen-writing, published poetry and short stories and a book on how to organize a charity golf tournament. I was appointed to a two year term on the Public Transportation Advisory Committee for the Great State of Texas by the Governor and I work as an advocate for seniors, people with disabilities and low income families. I’m a Reagan conservative, which puzzles my fellow advocates, who think I should spontaneously combust from the sheer incongruity. On the other hand, I’ve taught them to speak Republican which has improved their rate of success with the state legislature. I am currently raising funds to expand Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge here in East Texas. My advocacy work includes children’s issues, expanding public transportation, creating barrier free housing and promoting community wide accessibility standards that allow transportation challenged Texans to fully participate in their communities. I have three grandchildren, a son and daughter-in-law, my beautiful daughter and her new husband and we live on beautiful Lake Palestine near Tyler, Texas. My middle son, an amazing young man, passed away more than a year ago while finishing his senior year at UT Tyler. He was going to be a teacher. Since I wrote this, we moved away from the lake, lost almost everything and moved to Puyallup, Washington to live with my wife's sister and brother-in-law. In the midst of a recession and massive unemployment, it seemed to be the thing to do. We've cut our expenses drastically and I'm able to work on finishing up the books I have been working on.

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