My Music Explorations of Music in Daily Life

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Description: My Music is a first-hand exploration of the diverse roles music plays in people's lives. "What is music about for you?" asked members of the Music in Daily Life Project of some 150 people, and the responses they received -- from the profound to the  More...

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List price: $22.95
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 5/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

My Music is a first-hand exploration of the diverse roles music plays in people's lives. "What is music about for you?" asked members of the Music in Daily Life Project of some 150 people, and the responses they received -- from the profound to the mundane, from the deeply-felt to the flippant -- reflect highly individualistic relationships to and with music. Susan Crafts, Daniel Cavicchi, and Project Director Charles Keil have collected and edited nearly forty of those interviews to document the diverse ways in which people enjoy, experience, and use music. CONTRIBUTORS: Charles Keil, George Lipsitz.

Foreward
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Children: "I dance to 'Dude Looks Like a Lady'."
"You have to have a lullaby before you sleep."
"I just play with my songs..."
"I was stuck in the snow cave, and I felt like listening to music."
"They teach us so that we know what to do with our kids when we grow up."
"I like to look for things that people don't really recognize."
Teenagers: "What would the human ear do...?"
" They play weird songs you have to be so old to know."
" Rap is things you say fast."
"Sometimes I think about life, and all the problems I have."
"I still have my violin from when I was five."
"I listen to other music and then I go see the Dead."
Young Adults: "It's the first remedy for trying to get out of my boredom."
"... if I were to cuss someone out right after church, what does my singing mean?"
"I'm not gonna sit there and worship someone."
" It's about aggression."
"Roger Waters is really it for me."
"It's hard to explain...it's all feelings and emotions..."
"They feel it more because they created the instrument."
"It is not the making sound...it is how one nation expresses its opinion."
Adults: "Music is just part of life, like air."
"It's a kind of critiquing...an enjoyable critiquing."
"...I can't wait to come home and get back to my Neil Diamond."
" I can't give it up."
"To be the creator of it is to participate directly in that point of coherence of the earth, of the universe, of humanity, of meaning; all else is darkness."
"I like mood tapes, subliminals, and new age music. That really sets me free."
"As I developed from childhood to adulthood, the music developed with me."
"...if I don't think of music in terms of dance, I'll think of it in terms of colors."
"...if I don't know it perfectly, I won't do it."
Older Adults: "I actually become what I hear."
"...country and western is the only... adult music"
"It can make you cry, and then other times it can really perk you up."
"...the types of music that sells today is for that age group that really doesn't care about the words."
"...if I were home cleaning by myself during the day I might put Pavarotti on and have it shaking to the rafters!"
"Regardless of what it is, somebody likes it."
"I would say thirty percent of what I know about life today was gleaned from songs."
Elders: "...when I was in the service, when we had the band playing, it instilled a lot of things in you."
"When you sing, you pray twice."
"...if anybody wanted to dance at a party I was at the piano."
"Well, I was beautiful then and, boy, could I dance."
"It takes the fear away from you."
Apendix: Music in Daily Life Guidelines
Index

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