Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MUSIC; What Happened To It?

Music has always been a source of pleasure for me.  Although I am a terrible singer, I know so many songs.  When I get bored driving, I'll commence to sing.  I know how bad I am as my wife turns on the radio.  Or, maybe, she'll ask, "Are you sleepy, I'll talk to you".


It seems that today's music does not get too loud unless your ears starts bleeding.  The lyrics are repetitive, indistinct, insensitive, and brutally disrespectful.  The songs are about crude sex, partying and the mistreatment of others.  They trigger anxiety, doom and gloom.  The words "unintelligible negativity" comes to mind.

The Picture On The Album Tells The Story
 In a 1940 wartime movie, "The Long Voyage Home" there was a song which was called "The Harbor Lights".  With words and music by Hugh Williams and Jimmy Kennedy, this British tune would remain high on the American charts for 25 years.
 "The Harbor Lights" was recorded ten times in 1950 and five of those recordings would make Billboards Top Ten.  Ten years later, in 1960, The Platters version made it to Number eight!

To enjoy Marty Robbins version of "The Harbor Lights", do a search on youtube/The Harbor Lights/Marty Robbins

The top song when I graduated from high school in 1948 was "I'm looking over a four-leaf clover" by Art Mooney.  When I got out of the Navy in 1952 Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" truly became unforgettable.  In 1957, when my first child was born, the late, great Patsy Cline recorded her hit "Walking after Midnight".


You could understand the words, the song told a story and the music was melodious.

Think all the songs of my day were "slow and boring"?  You need to listen to the big, swing bands cranking out "In The Mood".  Can such music still be made today?  Absolutely!  Do a search on youtube - sing sing sing / swing girls ep8 to hear some Japanese youngsters "get'n down".


To hear Tex Beneke, Glen Miller and other big, time swing bands, do a search on  Check out the Glen Miller version of "In The Mood" and you will see another sight you rarely see today, COUPLES dancing.  I'd love to hold each of you lovely ladies close, as we dance to "The Harbor Lights".


Not in my heart!

(Thanks Dottie)

God Bless You and Yours.

1 comment:

Todd Pierce said...

Today's music, indeed! Consider this excerpt from a U.S. newspaper objecting to the new trends in church music:

There are several reasons for opposing it. One, it's too new. Two, it's often worldly, even blasphemous. The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style. Because there are so many new songs, you can't learn them all. It puts too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than Godly lyrics. This new music creates disturbances making people act indecently and disorderly. The preceding generation got along without it. It's a money making scene and some of those new music upstarts are lewd and loose.

This critical letter to the editor was written by an American pastor in 1723 attacking Isaac Watts, the writer of hymns like When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Joy to the World, and O God Our Help In Ages Past. Yes, that was the lewd and loose today's music making ears bleed in 1723.

How's that for paraprosdokian? Perhaps merely sardonic.