I'm so glad I found this blog of a straight family guy over 50. It shows promise for music being taken as more than an age or a gender thing.
Thank you anon!
One of my friends is a guy who’s lead singer for a cover band. (They make enough to cover their expenses doing gigs on weekends. Not their full time jobs.) He’s close to my age and his band covers a wide variety of classic rock.
Our families got together last night and I showed him the YouTube of Harry doing Two Ghosts on Corden. He was really impressed with Harry’s voice, performance and the song. I played him parts of some other songs from Harry’s album - pretty sure he’s going to buy it.
Then I told him I had been following 1D for a while and a lot of their stuff is great. (He’s like me in that he can’t stand over-produced, heavy auto-tune sounds.) To my surprise, he said he likes a lot of 1D stuff. We agree that there are two 1D’s - one you hear on the radio and another one that wrote really good songs and performed them to an exceptional standard.
I see Don Henley praising Niall today. I truly believe “our lads” are going to break through and develop a much more diverse audience. That said, young teens are the biggest, most passionate audience for music - they are the “cash cow.” A more mature audience will give 1D and the lads long, successful careers, but it will never be quite the same as 1D’s heyday. And I don’t think the lads really expect it to be the same anyway.