Music on Mondays (5-23-16)—When the music’s over, turn out the lights

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When I’m driving for Uber I always play classical music in the car because even if one doesn’t like classical music, one cannot possibly be offended by it. That’s not necessarily the case with rap, hip hop, and even rock and roll. I can immediately think of a song where John Lennon says “f**k” and another where Joan Jett sings “Starf**ker” which is also the name of the song. Not knowing when the offensive language might come up in a song prevents me from listening in the car to songs with words while other people are riding along.

Yesterday, one of my riders commented how nice it was that someone was listening to classical music. That started a long conversation since it was a long ride to his destination, and we agreed that if they brought music (orchestra, band, chorus) back to grade schools, we might have a less angry world.

Following, then, are some songs about music in your day. If you have a favorite that I haven’t included, feel free to leave the name in a comment.

“I Can Hear Music” by The Beach Boys, 1969

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“Make Your Own Kind Of Music” by Mama Cass Elliot, 1969

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“Add Some Music To Your Day” by The Beach Boys, 1970

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“That’s When The Music Takes Me” by Neil Sedaka, 1972

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“Don’t Stop The Music” by Rihanna, 2007

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“Rock And Roll Music” by Chuck Berry, 1957

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“The Sound Of Music” by Julie Andrews, 1965

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“Let The Music Play” by Shannon, 1983

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“I Got The Music In Me” by Kiki Dee, 1974

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“Let The Music Play” by Johnny Winter, 1970

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“They Can’t Take Away Our Music” by Eric Burdon & War, 1970

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“When The Music’s Over” by The Doors, 1967

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8 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (5-23-16)—When the music’s over, turn out the lights

  1. Pit

    Hi Russel,
    Here in Fredericksburg, our High School had wonderful orchestras. We had a very enjoyable evening last Thursday, listening to the Symphonic Band, the Wind and the Jazz Ensemble [http://tinyurl.com/zl5sq7q].
    Take care,
    Pit

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Glad to hear that. I know my high school in Kingsville did away with music programs a couple of decades ago during one of the fiscal crises. Don’t know if they have re-instituted them. Here in San Diego, grade school in the poor districts goes from 8:30 to noon or so, and in the rich districts until 2:30 or so. Sports and music gets put into the “after school enrichment programs,” which means that parents pay for everything. Sports (football, soccer, baseball) is a lot less expensive than music.

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