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Time to 'turn it up'

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By John Pawlak

I always find it amusing when my students are surprised to discover that I know the name of the singer or group of their current favorite songs.  Older people aren’t supposed to even know that modern music exists.
 Of course, they’re not always all that far off the mark about what my generation does or does not know.  Sure, most people know who Lady Gag Gag is (hard to miss her in her jewel studded underwear at baseball games), but it’s probably safe to say that most people over 50 wouldn’t recognize names like Avenged Sevenfold, Maroon 5, Drake, Linkin Park, Radiohead, Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, or Foster the People.
Actually, there’s a lot of good music out there, but you don’t generally hear it on the radio.  As teenagers plug themselves into their iPods and bob their heads to solid walls of sound (all bow to “Benny and the Jets!)”, many of their songs are not mainstream.  Despite what Billboard or MTV award ceremonies would lead you to believe, some groups out there do know how to make music.