Let the Music Play

Several years ago, Mississippi Public Broadcasting changed its formatting from being music based–with predominately classical music–to talk. This was a move that most in the media applauded.

I’m just not sure I can listen anymore.

I have nothing against the current shows. “Southern Remedy” and “Money Talks” have their moments. I can stand “All Things Considered” for a half hour, and enjoy “Mississippi Edition” just fine. But none of it speaks to the soul the way that music does.

I understand that MPB broadcasts music on digital channels. But I can’t listen to those on the go. Nor can most Mississippians, whose exposure to classical music is largely limited now to what they can get in band classes–provided that they attend schools whose music programs haven’t been cut.

Given the polarization of politics, the last thing I want when I hop in the car is to listen to news and talk. Brahms and Beethoven, I suspect, would bring more Mississippians together than blather.

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2 Responses to Let the Music Play

  1. Gracie Rowland says:

    I agree with Dr. Easterlings opinions wholly. In my opinion, the average Mississippian (and American) is vastly underexposed to classical music. Perhaps I’m terribly biased because of all of the music appreciation classes that I took in elementary school, but it is my belief that a knowledge and appreciation of classical music plays an integral part in becoming a cosmopolitan and cultured individual. The physical and mental benefits of listening to classical have been veritably proven. I advocate that Bartók and Chopin play on repeat in exchange for monotonous and derivative talk shows.

  2. Samantha says:

    Music is one of the bases of creativity. In addition to the slow disappearance of music, art is going away. Unfortunately, the focus in school is on Science, Math, History, and English. Additionally, schools stop counting art classes as credits after a certain number so there is no point in taking them after the max amount is reached. Sadly, MSMS is guilty of doing this as well despite receiving more awards in the arts than MSA. The arts are an important way to express yourself. Nowadays, music is becoming more electronically based and losing its soul, causing music to hit the top charts and then immediately fall behind. This has caused us to lose the ability to really listen to music, and understand it. We listen to see if it is catchy and if other people are listening to it. And as far as the talk shows, the increase in them is unfortunate. I believe the decrease in the “importance” of the arts is what is leading to talk shows taking place of music. If people don’t understand how to listen to music, it loses its popularity and rating decrease, losing money.

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