Monday, September 20, 2010

MUSIC 101 - What I Missed the First Time Around!

A couple of weeks ago, when I was on the college campus tour across America,
I had the privilege of attending classes with Trammell.

I learned more in those 3 classes than I learned in my four years at the same institution.

Here's my notes (What a dork!  I actually took notes.) from Music 101.

* Quotes from the teacher - I doubt they will be on the test.
"Objectives of Music 101:
Students will be able to discuss music at posh, social gatherings.
Students will become more intelligent and attractive ."

Well, that explains a lot!  I knew I should have taken this class when I was in college.
My whole life would be different!  I would be intelligent AND attractive!

Anyway - the study for the day was Medieval (13th century) music.
They HAD music?

There was some discussion on drones and chants and other terms that I would definitely get wrong on the test, but then it got interesting.
The professor played a "well known" song from 1280ish - once again, a detail I would get wrong on the test.

"Jeu de Robin et Marion"
by Adam de la Halle.

The lyrics were in French, but the teacher gave us the translation:
"Robin loves me.
Robin has me.
Robin asked if he can have me.
Robin took off my skirt of scarlet,
good and pretty,
my bodice and girdle.

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa!
Is this REALLY something I want my 21 year old exposed to?
What the heck were they doing in the 13th century?

And my husband criticizes me for the music with trashy lyrics *I* listen too.

Well, evidentally, there is an ENTIRE CD of Renaissance and Medieval songs WITH A PARENTAL ADVISORY because of lyrics.
The teacher wouldn't give us the title. are we supposed to learn to appeciate 13th century music?

I wanted to stay.
I wanted to enroll in Music 101.
Trammell wouldn't let me.
I'll have to go back to my 21st century music.


Mama Badger said...

Well, now. I guess that rules out the "back in my day" statements, huh? Then again, back in MY day, we had Madonna. Not much to point to for virtue there, either.

Andrea said...

Haha, who knew music could be so fun?

Beth Zimmerman said...

I think every generation has had their own risque moments! Particularly in art and music! :)

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

That sounds exactly like the lyrics to the songs you listen to. Except your music has bad words.