on 10 January 2002
I think this work by a sociologist is a good reminder to the readers of academic or theoretical writings found in the music circles because it tries to give a description of how music (no matter "classical" or pop) REALLY works in real life. Just take two such descriptions from this book: Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" is used in the airlines to ease the passengers' pressure (especially relevant after 911!) and the reflection that the author sometimes typed rhythm from classics (say Habenera from "Carmen") while waiting before a computer (like when I am typing this review). These cases of micro-"music performance" seem trivial enough that they often escape our attention. But that is just how music is "backgroundize" as a sonic wallpaper in everyday life and at the same time however, gets deep into our (and our students') memory! As a music teacher, however, my question is, can we really try to get some time to THINK and UNDERSTAND what we hear, but not just let it pass through our ears?