Rock of ages



Rock of ages


Have you ever thought about how much music you know? I’m not exactly a Top 40 kind of gal. Me and pop culture aren’t very close friends. But I have SiriusXM on my car radio and I make it a habit to switch my radio stations occasionally. I’ll catch up on songs I’ve heard about on the hits station until I’ve listened to the same thing five times, then I work my way up the channel listing.

They have decades of music from the ’40’s up to the Ought’s and I like scrolling through. I think it’s funny that they have ten years worth of music to play and they still end up repeating themselves. You’d think  you could get through the day without hearing the same song. I guess people like their favorites, though. In every channel there are songs I can sing along to. Some way more than I probably ought to for a girl who grew up in the ’80’s.

Then there are the classics. Classic rock. Classic country. Classic jazz. Toss in some bluegrass which stretches back to the ’40’s. Some of the blues and jazz you’d hear goes back further than that.

All this, and you haven’t left the 20th century yet.

Remember what I said about me and popular culture? My family is musical, so I grew up singing and playing instruments. Church music, hymns, were a mainstay of my life, in four part harmony if possible. Some of those will take you back centuries. And the cool thing about hymns is that many of them made use of secular tunes for their melodies. The writers even incorporated folk tunes. There’s a Maori tune that we find in the hymn books as “Search Me, O God.” One of my absolute favorite hymn tunes is FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius. If you follow the link, you’ll have to listen for a while until you get to a softer section that actually has the portion of the song that is the hymn. While that particular tune barely makes it out of the 20th century, other works lead us further back in time.

And moving back, you get the Romantic period, the Classical period, the Baroque, Renaissance, Medieval. And that’s just for us Western people. I’ve listened to music, played in orchestras, sung in choirs. I’m familiar with centuries of music. It’s kind of mind boggling.

So, I challenge you. The next time you’re listening to the radio, try something new. Try something old. There’s so much out there to hear. You might not like it, but you’ll learn something.

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