John Scott G

John Scott G

John Scott G, an admitted word nerd, writes books, plays, screenplays, and political commentary. Author of "Area Code 666," "Secret Sex," and "Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka," Mr. G also writes under the pseudonym Gerald Laurence. Every day he happily rubs a few phrases up against each other to create sparks in your brain. You're welcome.

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  1. Avatar photo Janet Marie
    Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:49 AM PDT

    Scott, I agree with the “music as comfort food” notion but not the blaming of our simplistic tastes on music for tots.

    You should probably have someone with early childhood education experience comment. From my point of view, having composed children’s music and worked in dance for children, I don’t their ears are sophisticated enough for polyrhythms, jazz and complex music. I think it’s best to keep it simple, but simple does not necessarily mean bad. To this day, I giggle to listening to the clever simplicity of Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah Hello Faddah” and other camp favorites, such as Pete Seeger. By the way, I also adored the “Two and a Half Men” lyrics and wish they’d do more.

    You’ve heard me say this before, but I blame the mass market music tastes on radio. I believe that radio’s unwillingness to introduce new material, especially during our formative years in the 60’s and 70’s, led to a limited repertoire in our heads, so to speak. When our collective emotions of happy or sad moments in our lives then “grafted” onto those limited songs in our heads, it really limited the entire range of mass music that we could relate to. Now when I listen to pop music, almost everything sounds the same to me and I don’t relate at all.

    Anyway, I say blame mass music on the P.D.’s (Program Directors), not the kids!