Respect the Classics
Meghan Yunkun ‘23 Staff Writer
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life…” - Prince 1984.
Younger people are likely not familiar with the source of that saying or the identity of the artist who said it. Little did you know, he is an inspiration to many of today’s artists. Many students only know classic rock music from their parents or hearing it on the radio. Many would be surprised by how many modern artists sample from musicians of the past, influenced by their beats and lyrics. The rap artist that you listen to today may be inspired by rappers like Eminem, whose inspirations go back to groups like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC. Music is constantly evolving, reflecting different experiences and emotions. While pop music often reflects more positive moods, music that explores slower tempos and minor keys can reflect negatives. The connection of music to emotional experiences is something that everyone can relate to.
We all immerse ourselves in music in different ways: Seeing what friends or family enjoy, finding songs ourselves or just hearing songs on the radio. Jordan Rumsey, a senior at Howard High School, says she got her music taste from “Growing up and watching movies and shows from the 70’s and 80’s. Then I found a radio station that played music I enjoyed. It turns out it was 80’s music. I found some artists I liked and bought their cassettes. From then I started a whole collection.” Jordan says that she seems to stick with “new wave, pop and alternative rock.” Some of her favorite artists include Pat Benatar, Debbie Gibson, Joan Jett and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
A few of my favorite artists are Prince, Motley Crue, Micheal Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Queen. Some of my favorite songs are “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, “I Drove All Night” by Cyndi Lauper, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Micheal Jackson and “Love Street” by The Doors. These artists are my biggest inspirations. To find your own inspirations, use the link or QR code to access a Spotify playlist curated with a mix of ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s music.