Some of my favorite music today was written for adults in the Thirties through the Sixties (Ray Conniff, Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, Ennio Morricone, Sinatra, Glenn Miller, various film scores, etc.), plus some classic pop and rock and classical compositions.

Serious question: Is music today still being written for adults? It seems to me that most of the new stuff (aside from classical) is for young people, and that mature adults pretty much just listen to the music they enjoyed when they were growing up.

If this observation is largely true, why? And if it isn’t, where can I go to hear some good music written for adults? I must admit, most of what I have heard of recent vintage (sacred or secular) is not aimed at me and has left me cold.

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About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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