M is for…..Music

30th June 2020

Pop music. ‘Pop, pop, pop music……New York, London, Paris, Munich, everybody talk about, pop music…’ A great song by ‘M’ from 1979. Good to dance to. If you like that sort of thing, which I do.

Everybody talks about pop music. Do they? What about the orchestra members? They might play classical music, not pop music. Or perhaps a big band, a brass band like the Grimethorpe Colliery Band who played with Peter Skellern.

Or Jazz, or folk, or heavy metal. Or Chinese music. African music. Latin American. A whole host of styles. But not pop music? Well, pop means popular. And if some people like it, it’s popular to them. in the 19th century classical music was popular, and still is today. And they talk about it. So everybody talks about it, from London to New York, Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro etc.

And I can appreciate it all. Your favourite might not be my preferred style (I was a teenager in the ‘70’s you know) but I can still enjoy it. When I was young I remember being captivated by Holst’s The Planets. You can dance to that too, why not try it?

William Tell Overture. You can almost smell the rain after the thunderstorm. And the finale, that wonderful gallop, which they used for the Lone Ranger. Wikipedia entry for the Overture says ‘…the term “intellectual” has been defined as “a man who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.’

You what??! My definition of intellectual in that case is someone with no sense of romance, someone who has lost his childhood (if he or she ever had one). A lost soul. How sad. If you played and enjoyed cowboys and Indians as a child you will know what I mean. ‘Hi, ho, Silver, away!’

Thinking of hi ho, how about ‘Hi, ho silver lining’ by Jeff Beck, a classic dance tune. Or ‘Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go’ by the 7 dwarves of Snow-White fame.

Lots of music, lots and lots and lots of wonderful music. Of course, some of it can be too loud, but that’s the fault of those playing their music system, ghetto blaster, etc, etc at excessive volumes. And some can be a bit repetitive. I mean, Motorhead’s ‘Overkill’ is good for a headbang but your head will fall off if you do much, or at least you will get a very stiff neck if you don’t warm up first!

Well, you can find just about anything on Youtube nowadays, all the old songs from your childhood you thought you might not hear again. Lullabies, love songs, you name it.

Bands, who made or  make money from sales of LP’s, tape cassettes, CD’s or downloads might complain over copyright. But people used to be paid for performances before the age of mass media and before making copies of a song or music in a factory.

So why not go back to that, and if you need to earn more to live, be flexible and do other things as well? Lots of people do.

Anyway, who invented music in the first place? Where does the original music come from? Well, there’s a song in the Bible, a Psalm, no. 19. In verse 2 it says in the phoenetics ‘yə·ḥaw·weh lə·lay·lāh wə·lay·lāh’. ‘yə haw’ reminds me of The Lone Ranger, and ‘lay lah’ reminds me of Derek and the Dominoes song ‘Layla’.

And this is in reference to the stars at night! And who made the stars? Right at the beginning of the book of Genesis at the start of the Bible it tells us. God made the heavens and the earth. We can gaze in awe at the skies at night and we now know that planets have moons that revolve round them. Like circle dances with someone in the middle.

There is a song from the 1960’s Lord of the Dance by Sydney Carter. These are the last verses and refrain.

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I’d gone;
But I am the dance, and I still go on:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

They cut me down and I leapt up high;
I am the life that’ll never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me:
I am the Lord of the dance, said he.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

Well, there is a dispute about Friday, which needs more research – but otherwise a super song. And who does it speak of? A real Man who died and was truly raised from the dead with a new body.

Someone to lead us in the dance of life if we will follow him.