Objectively I am still a young man. I’ve just turned 27 and have only spotted the occasional grey hair in my beard.
And yet, I am starting to feel old. I know it probably sounds ludicrous but yet as the calendar flipped over to 2021 it was how I was feeling.
I have yet to wrap my head around Tik Tok and how it works. But perhaps most worrying of all, the things I loved growing up are celebrating 15th and even 20th anniversaries.
Only a few months ago, Linkin Park marked two decades since the release of Hybrid Theory – which is one of the earliest albums I remember buying. Later this year, My Chemical Romance’s seminal album The Black Parade will be turning 15. How?
Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree and Panic at the Disco’s Fever You Can’t Sweat Out will be turning 16. It will also be 14 years since Paramore put out Misery Business, 17 years since American Idiot shot Green Day back into the limelight.
When I was starting secondary school, Naruto was one of the most popular kids’ shows at the time. In October it was 18 years since it debuted on TV. For those who remember Nickelodeon, this month marks 16 years since the first episode of Drake and Josh aired.
It will be 14 years since Call of Duty 4 and Guitar Hero 3 were released – two games that quite literally everyone in my year at school got for Christmas 2007. It felt like a giant cultural moment.
But the one I am perhaps dreading the most, is the day that Mr Brightside becomes known as a classic rock song. That truly will be the final nail in the coffin of my youth, more so than the other songs I’ve referenced because Mr Brightside feels so ageless.
My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy feel like a product of the time – the emo/alt-rock boom of the mid-00s. But soon even Mr Brightside will be considered a throwback to a by-gone era, in the same way the likes of Bon Jovi did when I was growing up. Perhaps to Generation Z it already does.
Why not start the new year with film from Studio Ghibli?
Mention Pixar or Disney and they conjure many movies in your mind. From Toy Story to Cars and Finding Nemo, Frozen and Moana, these are films we are all aware of. But you might not be so familiar with the works of Studio Ghibli.
Headed by Hayao Miyazaki, this legendary animation studio has produced some great films – like Spirited Away, which won the 2003 best animated film Oscar. Beyond that there is a wonderful filmography waiting to be discovered, all available on Netflix.
Why not gather the family and put on the wonderful My Neighbour Totoro – a truly magical movie that you would have to have a heart of stone not to fall in love with.
Will I be celebrating end of the pandemic with club anthems?
To say my taste in music has changed in recent years would be a massive understatement.
For the later years of the 00s and the most of the 10s, about the only genre I listened to was pop punk, think Blink-182 or Green Day. Yet as the new decade approached and the pandemic happened, my tastes changed.
According to my Spotify Wrapped round-up for 2020, my most listened to artist were Korean superstars BTS. Yes, K-Pop was among my most listened to throughout the year.
I look forward to what Spotify turns up at the end of 2021. Will I discover a love for jazz? Or will it be club anthems celebrating the end of the pandemic at some point during the summer?
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