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Can occupiers survive without a song?

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By Jay Miller

My wife and I were watching the Country Music Awards last week when we realized that country music has gone the way of almost all other forms of music — single octave shouting, with the same words yelled over and over.
We wondered what students do on bus trips these days. They can’t sing popular songs because there are few words and no melodies.
Guess they just vegetate while listening to their smart phones play music.
That led to a discussion of what all the kids, camped out in parks these days do for songs.
We remember the 60s and all the great songs of that protest movement, recorded by top stars on top labels. It was easy to sing those.
Can a movement survive without songs? Maybe it can. The tea partiers did a good job. We never went to a rally. Maybe they sang patriotic songs. But they were more organized and mature.
We didn’t participate in the 1960s protests either. We were out of college, had jobs and I was in the New Mexico Air National Guard.
But we certainly heard the music and could see how it would make a young person want to get up and march.
Maybe it will happen but there isn’t much to work with. Television networks no longer carry musical and variety shows.


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