Music Snobs- What’s On Your Play List?

When I taught high school journalism one of my students created an editorial cartoon showing a girl being shunned by other teens because of the music she enjoyed. “Is this really a problem?” I inquired. “Oh yes”, my student replied. “If kids don’t approve of the kind of music you listen to they won’t talk to you. Some guys won’t ask out a girl whose music tastes are different than his.” I was surprised that choice of music could have such an impact on a teen’s social life. Apparently some teenagers are music snobs. They make assumptions and judgements about one another based on the music they have downloaded into their i-tunes library. Only certain kinds of music pass the coolness muster. 

Research has been done on college campuses where they show students an I-Tunes library and ask them what kind of a person would have that sort of music collection. Young people can readily come up with a personal profile for someone simply by looking at their music choices. They are sometimes surprised to find when they are introduced to the actual owner of the library that some of their assumptions have been false. 

 Are adults really so different? Do we have a tendency to pigeonhole sixties music fans as aging hippies, classics lovers as high brow intellectuals and country music aficionados as unsophisticated and less cultured? 

The idea has made me look at my I-Tunes playlists and wonder what people would think of me if they saw it. Here’s a short list of some of my selections. If you didn’t know me and just saw my  I-Tunes collection what kind of personal profile would you create for me? 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye

All You Need is Love- The Beatles

Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkel

Both Sides Now- Joni Mitchell

Concerto for Two Violins- Bach

Canon in D Major- Pachelbel

Desperado- The Eagles

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart- Elton John

Exodus of the Year- Royal Canoe

Flashdance- What  A Feeling- Irene Cara

Forever Young- Bob Dylan

Growing Old in the City- The Liptonians

Hallelujah- K.D. Laing

I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor

Jump For My Love- The Pointer Sisters

Layla- Eric Clapton

Let the River Run- Carly Simon

Oh What A Beautiful Morning- Gordon MacRae

Only Love Can Break Your Heart- Neal Young

The Power of Love- Celine Dion

Rolling in the Deep- Adele

Spring: Allegro- Vivaldi

Takin’ it To the Streets- The Doobie Brothers

Teach Your Children Well- Crosby Stills Nash and Young

Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker

Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum

What a Big Surprise- Chicago

You’ve Got a Friend- Carole King

Other posts about music………

A Soundtrack for Daily Living

Steinway Pianos

Musical Instrument Museum

Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Arizona

Leonard Cohen

Music Across the Generations



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