Art and Humanities: Twentieth Century and Beyond HU300-25
Instructor: John Ragan
Music I associate from my early childhood comes from a few different sources. Cartoons and television shows seemed to be the most dominant source. The Smurf’s Introduction “La, la …la, la, la la”, Magic School Bus, Bugs Bunny and Mr. Rogers Neighborhoods “Won’t you be my neighbor?” are just a few that I was singing along to whether I was aware or not. Another source was television commercials. Oscar Meyer Wiener and Slinky are a couple of commercial “tune’s” that were effective in there intention of getting their views (and listeners) attention. Additionally there was the music on the radio my parents played. Oldies as it’s referred to now seems to be familiar to me most likely because I had heard it repetitively even though I wasn’t consciously paying attention. To this day I am able to sing along to oldies songs I never thought I knew the lyrics to. All of these sources of music seemed to have a cheerful, upbeat and positive affect on my mood at the time is would be singing along to them. If I wasn’t singing along it meant I was either distracted or not in a good mood, which still seems to be the case to a good degree today. I don’t believe that the music I listened to was a choice, rather the music I remember chose me, so to speak to remember it because it was what made me happy or sad at the time. This sounds a little far fetched but basically it’s what felt at the time being compatible with what I was listening to. Another part, to a degree is I was a product of my environment. I would say I didn’t have a choice when I was younger, it was playing around me and I became used to it. When I was in my early teens I began listening to Top 40’s, probably because this is what my friends listened to and what was being played on the radio. This when I first started to notice and pay attention to lyrics and the general compilation of an entire song...