Universal Language

I know what I like when I hear it, but it is very difficult to describe what constitutes music, as it is basically just vibrations carried in the air and one man’s garbage can be another man’s treasure.  In that 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, music is used to communicate with the aliens and I wonder if it would become the essential ingredient for establishing communication with extraterrestrials.  I enjoy listening to classic rock, but it is not easy to figure out how music becomes classified as classic rock, as a massive amount of data collection and analysis is needed, along with some algorithms, to determine if a song is classic rock.  The genre of music is a constantly moving target, and very often different kinds of music are lumped together under the same banner.  As a general rule, classic rock music covers several decades, getting popular in 1965 and still hanging on through 1995, but the majority of classic rock songs were recorded between 1973 through 1982.

Classic rock is music that was recorded at least 15 years ago, but being old doesn’t automatically make it classic.  To be considered as a classic rock song, it had to be a big hit and listened to by millions of people.  Some groups are known for recording classic rock, but not every song that these groups recorded is automatically fits in the classic rock category.  Classic rock music is still heard on the radio and it can be purchased in a record store, so it is not antique, which would be considered to be Oldies music that was more singles orientated than album music.  Once you get to be a certain age, you probably think of classic rock as the music that you grew up with.

Music is essential in my life, but I don’t have a playlist like most people do.  I listen to my classic rock station when I am in my car, or I will pop in a CD other times to make my trip more enjoyable.  I don’t have any music on my cell phone and I don’t subscribe to any music services like Pandora or Spotify, nor do I have SiriusXM Satellite Radio, so I am a bit old fashioned.  I have never learned how to play an instrument, but I did have a music course in Eighth Grade, where I did learn how to read the notes and about beat, tempo, rhythm, meter, melody, and harmony.  I guess that I am just too uncoordinated to ever play an instrument, but I enjoy listening to music and lately I have been writing about music a lot.

I am the host of two music challenges and next week on Song Lyric Sunday where the prompt is Above/Below/Between, I will write about the Grateful Dead song ‘Estimated Prophet’.  A lot of people don’t like the Grateful Dead, but they are my favorite group, even though they are no longer a group.  Their music is different and people associate it with drugs and they were known for playing long extended jams that some people felt was pointless.  Many of their fans came out of the hippie culture of the 60s and if you don’t get that, then you tend to hate it.  Most of the time they were together, they had two drummers and they played many drum solos along with some space jams, but some people hate the group because of the unconditional love that they have gotten from their fans, who are collectively known by the endearing term of Deadheads.

This Friday I will host my other challenge known as the MM Music challenge, where I will write about the Phil Collins song ‘Against All Odds’ and then I will follow that up with another post about the song ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’.  This is a real fun challenge, but it does not get nowhere near the level of participation that Song Lyric Sunday gets.  I only do this every other Friday and it would be better if I could get more people involved, but I would do it even if nobody else participated, as I really enjoy writing about music.

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #17 where the prompt is music.

15 thoughts on “Universal Language

      1. I just have a little bit of a sense that they are similar to The Greatful Dead. I could be totally wrong. But, yes, as background music when I’ve heard it (long-playing albums, not a single), I like their music. I’ve not bought one of their albums, myself, though.

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  1. I, too, am a fan of “classic rock,” although you’re right, “classic rock” (sometimes called “album rock”) can mean different things to different people. I’ve gone through different phases of musical tastes, from “Top 40” (now often called “oldies”) to “soul” music (R&B), to smooth jazz/new age, to “pop” and folk. I’ve never gotten into country & western or rap (hip hop). And I can’t say that I enjoy opera and my classical music tastes are limited.

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      1. What I read was that annalists monitor what songs are being played on radio stations that call themselves Classic Rock stations and songs are determined that way, which I guess makes sense, as there are no rules for this.

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