I just got off the phone with my five-year-old niece who is watching Sweethearts (1938, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy). It's a movie which I have never heard of, but am stimulated by as I watch it for the first time. I just have to find the DVD.
The more I think about it, the more I become disgusted by the fact that Republican governors view music programs as unimportant and choose to cut them from state budgets across this country, even as researchers have established a link between music and intellect-and for your information, my choice of music is derived from European classical and American blues, so we can just Patriot that SCUD right there.
Having grown up in the Lutheran church, I remember the music I heard and I remember looking at the dates in which a particular piece of music was composed. Some hymns in the Lutheran hymnal have music which was written as far back as the 10th Century, and even earlier. This is despite the fact that the Lutheran church was established in the 16th Century.
I was also exposed to music through my grandparents, who sang songs from the old Hit Parade. I still remember a song about the big yellow Buick which had to be towed by a little red Ford. My grandfather was a tenor sax player during the early years of jazz and my mother still sings in the church choir.
Many American kids are not as lucky as is my niece and I were. They don't live in homes where music is valued and celebrated. They are only exposed to that shit they hear on American Idol.
That's just what the Republican Party wants-a stupid America, where people vote without thinking and resort to fear instead of reason.
According to E. Glenn Schellenberg's findings music lessons increase I.Q. and Science Daily's article on the subject from August 20, 2004 highlighted evidence that the study of music promotes brain development.
No wonder why Republican governors want to cut music programs in schools!
I had learned how to sing at an early age and had always wanted to learn guitar, but my mother refused to let me do that until I had taken at least a year of piano, and now I know why.
Republicans know that the way they can get back into power is by promoting ignorance. What better way to do that than by cutting music programs, because music forces you to think!
CNN aired a case in point on August 20, 2003 when they aired a report about a teacher whose students continued to ask her when they could make art.
The only art the Republican Party was interested in making at that time was all the murders they were committing in Iraq while they continued to scare the American voting public, and as per Led Zeppelin, their song remains the same.
Conservatives have no interest in educating children, musically or otherwise. They are only interested in owning all of the media outlets so that they can keep a child's brain buzzed for hours on end.
Oops, sorry! They already own the media!
Debra, you've no idea how lucky you are to have a grandma who exposed you to Sweethearts!