I used to think about how cool it will be when I retire. I fantasized about setting up my dream music room. I've collected a lot of interesting amps over the years and often thought how great it would be to have access to all of them whenever I wanted.
For the last few years my wife and have been taking care of our aging parents. Seeing them and all of their siblings lose mobility, their health start to decline and ultimately die off has been rough. It's really made me think about my own mortality which makes me feel old. I've considered their age when the wheels started to fall off the bus and how old I will be when I retire and I've come to realize there won't be much time to enjoy the life I've dreamt of. It won't be what I've dreamt of all my life.
About 2 months ago I rearranged my office and set up heavy duty shelving in the corner to put all of my amp heads on. I kept a space on the bottom open for my rack which I've added a lot of vintage pieces to in the last 2 years. I can roll it in and out of it's storage space as needed when recording without having to disconnect or connect anything. I've used more of my gear in the last 2 months than any time I can remember. I'm so glad I didn't wait any longer.
I shake my head at young people and how they tolarate auto-tune as effect on vocals. To me it sounds like the connecting sound of a modem in the 1990s.
While popular music has had about 90% crap for ages, I feel the bar has been significantly lowered since the 2010s. I hate going to a grocery store and forgetting to take my headphones because the music they play on speakers is straight up drivel.
In terms of guitar gear, I remember when a lot of gear was crap. People were looking at which South Korean made guitars were worth buying and which had a ton of flaws. Nowadays you can buy a Squier that is well made and costs next to nothing. Amps today in every price bracket are better than ever. Not to mention all the things that have happened in pedals and digital stuff, to the point that I don't even care to own amps anymore.
When the song first came out, I heard the lyrics "she's only 17" and (because I was actually younger than that) it didn't seem that creepy. Now I have a 16 year old daughter and feel differently about those lyrics...