Explorations of Music in Daily Life
Publication Year: 1993
CONTRIBUTORS: Charles Keil, George Lipsitz.
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
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A few years ago, a reporter for a national magazine asked the jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim to explain how he first became interested in music. Recognizing the question as a standard opening for interviews with performers, Ibrahim nonetheless refused to answer directly. Instead, he challenged the question’s premises in order to illumine an important ...
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In her talk on the importance of acknowledgments at a collaborative learning conference a few years ago, Elaine Maimon made it clear that all knowledge is "acknowledge": receiving, recognizing, owning, admitting, confessing, affirming that every single thing we know comes from outside us, expressing our appreciation and gratitude for other people ...
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This book began in 1984 when Carol Hadley decided to do an "independent study project" interviewing a few people about music in their lives. Her first report was surprising. What her interviewee had to say about the role of music in her life seemed to be a unique configuration: Bette Midler was at the center of this personal-world-of-music as a kind ...
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Q: What's your name? A: Heather. Q: How old are you? A: (holding up four fingers) Four. Q: Do you like to sing? A: Um hum. The Elephant Show. Care Bears song. Q: Do you like to dancer A: I dance to "Dude Looks Like a Lady." [by Aerosmith] Q: What kind of singers do you like? A: I like some people who play horns and guitars. I like to sec the Elephant Show singers. I like the guy in Labyrinth [David Bowie] who sings. Tina Turner and Bon Jovi. ...
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Q: Tell me about yourself. A: Well . . . my name is Lisa. My mom's a social worker. My dad's an insurance man. He's a pretty cool dude. I'm also your sister; I've got four brothers and you. I love horses, uh . . . I'm pretty smart and . . . hey, I'm just an all-around person. Q: Great. Okay. And what is music about for you? A: Music . . . music to me is ... it really doesn't have that much meaning in my life. I just turn on the radio and listen to whatever comes on. Maybe a song will come on that I just happen to like. It just doesn't matter to me. ...
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From sunup to sundown music is always somewhere in the background. It can be annoying when trying to study, sometimes you can't even hear yourself think. Writing down every time I heard a song wasn't hard to do, except when I subconsciously blocked it out, which was hard not to do. Especially at the one point in which three different musics were ...
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Q: What does music mean to you? A: Music is just part of life, like air. You live with it all the time, so it's tough to judge what it means to you. For some people, it's a deep emotional thing, for some people, it's casual. I turn on the radio and it's there in the morning; it's there when I drive; it's there when I go out. Q: If it isn't there, do you miss it? A: No. ...
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Q: So, what is music about for you? A: Well, it is a ... I suppose, a kind of tonic or a medication of sorts. It enables me to feel better usually, even if it is a small piece or sad piece. I feel some sort of relief when I'm listening to music. I can be transported or get out of myself or my immediate surroundings and . . . take a journey on the melody. Q: Does music affect your mood? ...
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Q: Who arc you? A: I'm just an ordinary citizen now. I'm just one of the boys, I guess. I'm a father, a husband, and I was a family provider up until the time I got the way I am. I'm not able to go out and earn a living anymore, you know, and do the things I want to do, so I put everything on the back burner. Q: So you had a full life? ...
Appendix: Music in Daily Life Guidelines
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Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 1993
Series Title: Music Culture