My Generation

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about

I subscribed to this great service called Taxi.com where I can submit my music to music industry listings for film, TV, and new artists. Well, one time I had a song chosen to be forwarded to the music supervisors for the Showtime TV show "Californication." They were looking for a cover of 60s and 70s classic rock songs, so I submitted my cover version of The Who's "My Generation." My goal was to take a heavily guitar-based song, and record a keyboard-based version with no guitars to be found, yet that would still capture the essence of the song. When I was growing up, I was used to people asking me if I could play any AC/DC on the piano. With so much popular music based on guitar, it was hard for a piano player to be as cool as the guy with the guitar. So I suppose this desire has been with me for decades. Hopefully the fact that Taxi found it worthy to forward to the TV show means I got close to the mark. Plus I love The Who. So Pete, Roger - I hope I did it justice!

lyrics

People try to put us down (talkin bout my generation)
Just because we get around (talkin bout my generation)
Things they do look awful cold (talkin bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (talkin bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don't you all fade away (talkin bout my generation)
And don't try to dig what we all say (talkin bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a big sensation (talkin bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' bout my generation (talkin bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don't you all fade away (talkin bout my generation)
And don't try to dig what we all say (talkin bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a big sensation (talkin bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' bout my generation (talkin bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

People try to put us down (talkin bout my generation)
Just because we get around (talkin bout my generation)
Things they do look awful cold (talkin bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (talkin bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

credits

from All Fruits Ripe, released May 28, 2011
Music and lyrics: Peter Townshend

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