basketball and music

5 04 2008

I just got through watching one of the NCAA Final Four games, the one between Kansas and North Carolina (UNC).  It really was a roller-coaster in momentum, with Kansas going up 40-12, then UNC coming back to within 4 in the second half, then Kansas winning by 18.  It was crazy.

One thing I noticed during the game (that is totally unrelated to basketball) is there were several commercials with classical music, including two featuring Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  Did anyone else notice this?  It’s encouraging that there’s still some taste for high-quality music in the mainstream media.  Much of what is on radio and TV is formulaic and simple, designed to be predictable and easy to be familiar with.  But it’s also “less filling”.  There’s not much substance to most popular music these days, which is why it was great to see nationwide exposure to one of the greatest works of music ever created.  Beethoven’s 9th Symphony was revolutionary in its time, and it’s still unique and monumental.  If you aren’t familiar with it, you should check it out.  I guarantee you’ll know the main melody in the 4th movement, which is the basis for “Ode to Joy”.

I realize I’m rambling some here, going from a big basketball game to the state of music in today’s society.  But it’s my blog, and I can ramble if I want to.  🙂

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