MUSIC. You don’t want to only hear old songs—do you? Here’s Bruno Mars, age 26.

Bruno at the Grammys 2012

Bruno Mars (b. Peter Gene Hernandez) is a 26-year-old singer/songwriter who was born into a musical family from Hawaii. In 2010 he released his first album: “Doo-Wops and Hooligans.” In 2011 he sold more digital singles than anyone else.

At the 2012 Grammys, Bruno Mars received multiple nominations and he gave a glittering performance of the song “Runaway” from his album. He won a Grammy for “best male pop vocal performance” of his song “Just the Way You  Are,” which sold 12.5 million times online.

Bruno Mars has a soft spot for the 1960′s. If you listen to hip-hop lyrics, you find little romance, much less respect for women, but listen to Mars’ song  ”Marry You” which says, “Hey baby, I think I want to marry you.”  Wow — what a nutty  message in a time when about 50% of American births occur outside of marriage. It seems like the last time we heard lyrics with such a sentiment was back in 1964 with songs like “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups.

But wait …. listen carefully in the middle of the song. Bruno says, “And if we wake up and you wanna breakup, that’s cool. No, I won’t blame you. It was fun girl.”

Golly Bruno, what’s the deal — too much dancing juice?

—PG