Open Your Mind and Let Some Fresh Air Inside

Are your ideas stale? Do your preconceived notions prevent you from growing, expanding, enjoying new things?

Some of the “younger” generations think that “old school” and “tried and true” methods like traditional printing are passé and not relevant any longer. Some of the “older” generations don’t believe that social media and electronic communications are anything other than “a flash in the pan.”

Each generation should open its eyes and consider trying something new. They might be surprised by the positive outcomes.

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I had the good fortune to go to Eric Clapton’s 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival and witness a demonstration of this concept first hand.

This was a two day event filled with dozens of famous and not-so-famous guitar players, all at Madison Square Garden in NYC, doing short sets with one another, old and young, all together.

The audience was filled with lots of members of the older generations, people who grew up listening to classic rock and blues music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Whenever a younger performer, or someone of a different genre, or someone not so famous came out, you could see many of the older audience using that “opportunity” to get a refill on their beer or take a bathroom break.

If they were smart enough to stick around, they probably saw some of the highlights of the festival.

For instance, this clip of some “country” musicians covering the Rolling Stones’ hit Tumblin Dice: brought to light that, when members of one particular “class” (age, musical genre) open their minds and try something new, the result can be spectacular.

Many of the audience had no idea how talented country musicians can be in the rock genre. This performance opened their eyes, and hopefully their minds too.

Don’t be too old or too young to try something new or old!

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