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
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