I was over at my grandparent’s house yesterday, helping out, when I remembered that Grandpa loves to listen to old records. I started talking to him about which ones he had, how old some were, etc. Over an hour later, he was still showing me his collection. He absolutely loves his albums. He did say that when he and my grandmother moved to Clarksville, he broke down and sold some. Before the move down here, he had over 500 albums. He would sit out in his garage and play them on his old record player. Now he has about half that many. We listened to a few together, and he told me a lot of history about different country singers. I am not into country, but it was nice to have some one on one time with him. I did have to ask him if he had ever heard of Lil’ Wayne. His reply was, “Lil’ who? What kind of stupid name is that? Do you mean Wayne Newton?”
MTV or (Music Television) changed the music industry on August 1, 1981. The first music video played on MTV was “Video Killed The Radio Star”, but it was soon discovered that video made the radio star. The music videos were small budget and became a way to revive veteran rock stars like Rod Stewart and promote hot, new acts like The Stray Cats. Before long it wasn’t the music that sold records, it was the videos. MTV became the center of the music business. My parents talk about the first time they saw MTV. It was in college at ATU, and my dad says he remembers Madonna in her video, Like a Virgin. He also says that it was quite risqué. MTV also became popular for having number one TV shows such as “Beavis and Butthead,” “The Real World,” and “Unplugged.” It seems today that MTV has lost the true meaning of music and rarely even plays it, but we can all agree that it shaped the pop culture around us.
There are tons of people we have to consider when it comes to creating music. You might think just one person gets it all started, but the truth is there are numbers of people who work to make music what it is today. First off, you have the A&R Executives who are basically talent scouts. These are the who look for new talent in almost any way possible. Then you have the producer who oversees the recording from start to finish. You also have the arrangers who adapt the music from different instruments. This is an extremely important part of music making. Lots of artists artists write their own music, but the majority do not. This is where a lyricist becomes involved. They are the talented writers behind the scenes. There are even more people responsible for creating the music you hear, and it takes a lot of talent and skill to make the music we love to listen to.
When you walk into a retail store you often hear music, but do you ever wonder why? Well, the fact is that stores play music not for you, but for sales. There are many studies that have found that retail customers are more relaxed and more likely to purchase in stores that are playing music because a relaxed customer is a happy customer. You will also notice that the type of music playing depends on the type of customer the store is selling to. Another good reason for playing music is to sell a certain product such as speakers or a certain album. You will walk by a speaker and most likely hear music pumping out so that you can tell the difference between the product quality, and the music that is playing might just be that album you are looking for. The next time you go into a store and hear music just remember that it is just one of those tricks just to get you to open your wallet.
A few years ago, my dad decided to take my mother, sister, and me to see a Steve Perry impersonator. As we drove to Branson, we were forced listened to the real Steve all the way. Let me add, I never really knew much about him or the band, Journey. This was a terrible injustice, according to my father. I was actually impressed with the guy. He was good, and if I had have closed my eyes and just listened, I would not have been able to tell he was an impersonator. He could have been Steve Perry. We also ended up watching Legends in Concert. It was also a very good show, and I was impressed with all the singers that performed. This made me think about some things. What makes one person end up famous and the other not? These impersonators are just as good, and some look like the famous singer’s twin. I guess that it is all in the timing and being at the right place at the right time.
Hip hop music is extremely popular and to add to the popularity, we have “twerking”. It has become all the rage. Personally, I just don’t think it’s that attractive. This type of dance requires the person, usually a girl, to shake her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing her butt to shake, wobble, and jiggle. No one is actually certain of the origin of twerking, but it received recognition early in 2000 when the hip hop duo Ying Yang Twins released their single, “Whistle While You Twurk”. It is so popular that in July 2013, Juicy J offered a $50,000 scholarship to any girl who can twerk the best. Around here, I see it done by doing a hand stand, putting feet on a wall and then twerking. This dance may be the “in” thing right now, but this too shall pass.
The definition for hand in hand is as follows: “If two things go hand in hand, they exist together and are connected with each other”. In my opinion, this about true about music and romance. They go hand in hand. Think about it. When you go out with your date, what do you most likely do when you get in the car? You turn on the radio to listen to music. Most couples talk about their favorite types music when they first start dating, and then they begin listening to the type of music share. What if you want to show your boyfriend/girlfriend that you care? Make them a CD of romantic love songs. My dad did this for my mother, and of course she still talks about it after 27 years of marriage. Ever sing to your significant other? I serenade my girlfriend all the time, in the car. We will be driving down the road, a song will come on, and I will just break out in song. We even join in together at times. We are great at “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. Music brings couples together and allows them to express their feelings. How many times, in movies and on tv, have we seen a guy put a romantic song on and then start dancing his girl around? Apparently females like this. I think I may just have to try this out on my girl. It might just get me some brownie points.
I always looked forward music classes when I was in elementary and junior high school because it was so much fun. I even had several singing parts in the class music programs. When I entered sixth grade, I joined the choir and continued until my 8th grade year. I guess my teacher thought I was pretty good, because he wanted me to sing in the select choir, and told me I would not even have to try out. I remember him telling me that music and playing instruments were good for my brain. I laughed at the time, but realize now how true that is. There are studies that have even proven it. I guess I should have stuck with singing or playing the electric guitar when I was younger. Maybe I would have been smarter.
Here are some facts I found about becoming involved in music at school: First, children who participate in music activities at school have a larger vocabulary and read at a higher level than their peers that do not. Did you know that studying music teaches the brain to understand speech in a noisy background? Children who learn to master a musical instrument improves their learning of the human language and makes them pick up a second language easier than one who does not play. Finally, students who are involved in music some sort have the lowest percentage of alcohol and drug intake.
Christmas Music Program at my school.