Like I mentioned in Thursday’s post, I made it to church on Easter Sunday and among other things enjoyed a composition by Bach, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
That got me thinking about how talented that Bach and all of those other guys — Brahms, Beethoven, etc. — were, so gifted and accomplished that their work is still relevant and beautiful centuries after they produced it. Shakespeare and a handful of other writers, of course, are other examples of folks whose efforts have incredible staying power.
It got me wondering which modern-day, or sort of modern-day, writers and musicians would maybe still be being talked about a few hundred years from now.
Well, I think the Beatles have a chance to be, and maybe Bob Dylan, and possibly Paul Simon. One friend suggested the Rolling Stones. Beyond them, I really don’t know.
As for writers, I am really uncertain. Hemingway and Steinbeck possibly, if I allow myself to think of them as modern-day enough given that they both died in the 1960s. My son Bob suggested sportswriter Bill Simmons, and I’m sure he’s not kidding, and maybe he’s even right.
What do you think? What writers, musicians or other cultural figures from this era will truly stand the test of time?