LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Posted October 7, 2022
This is a response to Mr. Miller's recent Editorial on "What's Old Is New Again".
Music can produce memories of our past and present living. Mr. Miller’s editorial ‘What’s Old is New Again’ struck a chord with me (pun intended). I remember music and songs as a boy on my parents’ radio and phonograph console and television. We listened and watched their music like Perry Como, Jimmy Dean, Dean Martin, Henry Mancini, Kate Smith, Lawrence Welk and others. As a teenager my favorite records were on a personal sound system at home and an eight track system in my Camaro. My Wife and I continue to listen to favorites on CDs and DVDs.
Music has always reminded me of events and times past even when we raised our two sons and learned to appreciate some of their music. Music and songs are very entertaining and enjoyable. However they can either reflect our culture or modify it.
In addition to displacing some modern music there is a rash of old songs re-imagined as theme music for current pharmaceutical commercials on television. That is clever but not very original advertising. Maybe the linkage between the 60s drug culture and the pharmacology industry is more than a coincidence.
Look at the influence of some music and songs in America. Rock music became a major vehicle of change. The Beatles craze of the sixties ventured from romance to drugs to Eastern Mysticism. George Harrison introduced the Krishna cult and clearly defined it with ‘My Sweet Lord’ in the 1970 album ‘All Things Must Pass’.
Some songs have very provoking lyrics and themes such as Don Henley’s ‘Dirty Laundry’ in 1982. He very clearly lamented the arrogance and unemotional manner of media reporters. Many still can report a disaster or tragedy in one breath and the latest stock market in the next breath. We witness this very typically with the Covid Pandemonium reports.
Another spectacle of music came from Thomas Dolby also in 1982, “She Blinded Me with Science”. This is almost a total parody except that American culture is very blinded and brainwashed with abundant “science” as the ultimate source of truth. The recent major hurricanes Fiona and Ian are clear victims of assumed climate change science and explanations!
So “The Beat Goes On” according to Sonny & Cher from 1967 and it truly does. An advantage of older music is the clarity of lyrics and theme. Since the 60s the noisier and weirder productions prevailed until the market dried up or songs were irrelevant.
Some songs are practical and borderline prophetic such as Denis Zager and Rick Evans in the summer of 1969 “In the Year 2525” but we have not waited until 8510 to unravel who we are. And there is another song we used to hear on the radio since the 1950s. It originated in the 1920s hymnal Spirituals Triumphant but a young British singer Laurie London recorded "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in 1958. When was the last time we heard that hymn on Sunday Mornings?
Well Sir, older music makes more sense and tranquility.
Ernie & Ruth Poani
Edinburg, IL 62531