Retro Enthusiast: What Does It Mean To Be One?

Retro Enthusiast?

Yes, search this term on Google, but I do believe an official definition doesn’t exist.

I may have been in self-denial all these years, but the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced I’m a Retro Enthusiast.

It’s true that the retro style can be found in all aspects of today’s culture. And it’s also true that trends of the past are being recycled and given new life.

For example, Taylor Swift’s song ‘Style’ is a definite throwback to 80s Rock/Pop Music.

Defining The Boundaries

My definition of a Retro Enthusiast would be someone who has a passion for anything cultural from the past. This cultural throwback could involve art, fashion, music and even home decor.

How do we define the boundaries of this past?

Is listening to J.S. Bach representative of Retro Baroque listening? Or is that too ancient?

How Do You Define the Retro Enthusiast?

I would consider staying within the cultural trends of the past 50 years to be definitely Retro. But let’s just say that the 1980s and perhaps the first half of the 1990s is keeping within this Retro definition as well.

But, if you look at the Swing Era Music of the 1940s to 1960s, with the Fedoras and Vintage Suits, that’s definitely a Retro Trend that is imitated today. I see young Millennials wearing Fedora hats as if it’s a new fashion trend, but yes, that’s retro.

This leads me to re-defining myself as a Retro Enthusiast.

I currently perform in musical groups that cover songs from certain musical eras. In one group I play vintage jazz. In another group I play popular standards. And in yet another group, I’m performing Old School Funk.

Of course, many people enjoy listening to the golden oldies, the music of the past. But for a musician to play the music and keep it alive today, well it takes a certain amount of love and dediction.

Well Then, I’m a Retro Enthusiast!

It’s apparent that most of the music I listen to is all from the past. Rather than listen to the musical hits of today, I prefer to listen to older forms of music. And yes, I even like Baroque and older forms of music as as Renaissance Music.

I guess I’m a hardcore Retro Enthusiast!

Yet, I am Young at Heart! 😛



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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