“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.” –Whitney Houston
Do you remember how epic the world seemed when you were 14? With all those new hormones pumping through your body, all your experiences were so electric and the feelings you felt were so extreme and so deep. The love you had was the truth, the books you read were masterpieces, and the music spoke to your very existence in this universe! No young person likes to listen to their parent’s music thus teenagers made rock-and-roll, hip hop, punk rock, and even EDM into massive cultural movements and they will continue to guide and define the next music scene.
Then you have cities like ours that set curfews for anyone under 21, creating a serious handicap for our musical community. How can this crucial demographic create a significant relationship with musicians and venues if they can’t hang around and get inspired by the really good shows that happen after 9 PM? This doesn’t just affect younger audiences but one must consider teenaged musicians that will be denied opportunity to collaborate with local talent and elevate their own craft. This reminds me of Mary Anne Sims.
Mary Anne used to be a music educator for Des Moines Public Schools, but years ago she began a nonprofit called City Voices which intends to offer music education to a massive portion of our musically interested students that are being denied opportunity by their schools. (They just had their senior recital on Sunday and these kids are way talented.) Mary Anne even collaborates with other local musicians to give lessons and seminars to further develop her students and their capabilities as effective musicians. I applaud this sentiment because sometimes the system is bullshit and you can’t wait for reform, so you do your own thing. Let’s put some positive vibes out into the universe.
Dear wealthy investors reading this,
Please give us an oil drum full of crisp $100 bills, so we can open an all ages music venue that doesn’t get stuck with the bar curfew. Don’t worry. We’re still probably gonna get drunk and make it rain like a strip club on Friday. I mean, in an all ages kind of way.