Sluggy loves all kinds of music.
I grew up listening to everything I could get my hands on.
Music was my escape from a less than nuturing, crummy childhood.
I find it sad that many people in our culture are so locked into only appreciating one type of music or another. They hear a song is labeled as rap, or country western, or techno, or classical, etc. and they just tune it out automatically.
I see music as being fluid.....it flows from one genre into another. Each takes something from the other style and is richer for it.
I see kids these days who get no exposure to classical music. Well, actually they ARE exposed to it indirectly.
Those background themes and tunes they hear in commercials, or in some of the popular songs they think their current favorite bands 'invented' sometimes are really just recycled themes and movements from music that was written a generation or two ago or even centuries ago.
But not being taught anything about the 'classics' or where these tunes came from and they are losing out culturally.
That's why it's so important to see that music programs in your kid's schools are NOT disbanded! Stand up for musical education in the schools. But don't leave it the education system in this country to expose your kids to music...start young with your kids and take them to concerts, choral shows, etc.
Play them cds and talk to them from an early age about music.
Ok, off of my soap box now.....
I really enjoy finding when someone takes some piece of music and adapts or changes it so it speaks to their generation.
Take this classical piece of music by 19th century Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. If you have seen American tv ads, listened to popular music, watched cartoons, movie trailers or played video games, you KNOW this tune.
Watch "In the Hall of the Mountain King" played as it was written for an orchestra....
Now here is a Techno version of the musical themes and how a group of kids has interpreted it in a homemade You Tube dance video....
I just love this but I wonder how many of these kids know from where their cool song originated?
If they had had musical education in school they would know....