Music 100 Homework Assignment 2

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: FIND SOMEONE OVER THE AGE OF SIXTY (60) AND INTERVIEW THEM ON ALL THINGS BAHAMIAN AND WHAT THEY THINK OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION. THE PERSON I CHOSE TO INTERVIEW WAS MY GRANDMOTHER, MRS. MARINA SMITH, WHO IS SEVENTY FOUR (74) YEARS OF AGE. FIRST, I ASKED MY GRANDMOTHER IF SHE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BAHAMAS, AND IF SO CAN SHE PLEASE TELL ME. SHE WAS ABLE TO TELL ME THE BAHAMAS IS CALLED “THE ISLE OF PETUAL JUNE”, THE LATE SIR LYNDEN OSCAR PINDLING WAS THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS BUT PRIOR.

TO THAT THEY WERE CALLED PREMIERS, MRS. RUBYANN DARLING WAS THE FIRST BAHAMIAN WOMAN REGISTERED TO VOTE, AROUND THE BLACK IN THE BAHAMIAN FLAG IS SUPPOSED TO BE SEWN WITH WHITE THREAD WHICH REPRESENTS FIFTEEN (15) PERCENT OF THE WHITE BAHAMIAN POPULATION, AND THAT THE FIRST JUNKANOO COSTUME WAS MADE OUT OF FRINGED NEWSPAPER AND OTHER MADE FROM SPONGE. I HAD TO STOP HER HERE FOR SHE WAS THEN GOING INTO THE FIRST GENERAL ELECTIONS AND THINGS OF THAT SORT. NEXT, I ASKED MRS.

SMITH IF SHE KNEW ANY BAHAMIAN ARTIST OR SONGS. SHE STATED THE LATE CARL BRICE (HER COUSIN), RICHIE DELAMORE, BLIND BLAKE, ELOISE LEWIS, MAURINE DUVALIER, ABIGAIL SHARLOW, FREDDY MUNNINGS, KING ERIC AND HIS KNIGHTS, SWEET EMILY, PAT ROLLE (WHO SOUNDED LIKE NAT KING COLE), PEANUTS TAYLOR AND TONY MCKAY. FOR THE SONGS SHE LISTED “OH ISLAND IN THE SUN”, “ISLAND WOMAN”, “MARRIED MAN”, “PRETTY BROWN EYES”, “MARY-ANN”, “ISLAND IN THE SUN”, “MR. YELLOW BIRD”, “GERN DOWN BURMA ROAD”, “GOING BACK TO THE ISLAND” ,”SEND HIM HOME”, I THEN ASKED HER IF SHE COULD SING THE ONES SHE KNEW OF. SHE SANG, “SEND HIM HOME”, “PRETTY BROWN EYES”, “MARRIED MAN” AND “OH, ISLAND IN THE SUN”.

I THEN ASKED MRS. SMITH WHAT’S HER FAVORITE BAHAMIAN SONG. TO THAT SHE STATED “SEND HIM HOME” BECAUSE SHE LIKES THE WORDS AND THE MELODY OF THE SONG. I THEN PROCEEDED TO ASK MRS. SMITH WHERE SHE HEARD MOST OF THESE SONGS. SHE SAID WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP SHE HEARD ALMOST ALL OF THESE SONGS ON THE RADIO, SINCE THIS WAS ALMOST THE ONLY MEANS TO HEAR MUSIC BACK IN THE DAY. I THEN ASKED MRS. SMITH IF SHE CAN GIVE ME HER THOUGHTS ABOUT THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN TERMS OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC. SHE SAID AND I QUOTE, “THEY HAVE NO APPRECIATION FOR GOOD BAHAMIAN MUSIC.

THEY WANT EVERYTHING AMERICAN BECAUSE THEY CAN’T APPRECIATE THEIR OWN CULTURE” ENG QUOTE. I THEN ASKED HER HOW SHE THINKS THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BAHAMIAN MUSIC HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE WAY SOCIETY IS TODAY. SHE STATED AND I QUOTE, “BECAUSE OF THE VIOLENCE, NO FEAR OF GOD AND ANYTHING HOLY, EXPLICIT SEXUALITY AND PROFANITY NATURE OF SOME OF THE SONGS ALMOST ALL OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION LIKES TO LISTEN TO, ALL OF THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE THIS GENERATION BEING LABELED GENERATION X AND THE DOWNWARD SPIRALING OF TODAY’S SOCIETY” END QUOTE.

Sarah from Law Aspect

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