Thursday, December 20, 2007
What is the Sound of Your City?
It came to my attention the other day that at some point in the past I uttered the following to a friend, "we are what we listen to." To some extent, I still agree with that teenage statement. Hence, I was pleased to read what NPR's Carrie Brownstein blogged about today. Incidentally, I very much enjoy Carrie's artistic comments and am happy to react here to some of her work. Her piece is particularly relevant during this travel season while many of us are traveling from urban center to urban center.
Here is a taste:
Great music transcends the spot on the map from which it springs
forth. But music also captures the nuances and sensibilities of
people's lives in a specific place or even becomes a reflection of
the city or State itself. Our local bands might be the best example
of who we are right now or of who we want to become, or maybe not at
all. They might live in Portland and sound like they're from
Manchester. So, it's not just the bands who reside in our cities and
towns, or who transplant themselves there, that make up the noises
that represent our topography or our internal and external
And any true lover of the city and urban life would, at least on some level, agree with the notion that every city comes with a soundtrack of its own. To emulate Carrie's question from her post today, what kind of music and what kinds of sounds are to be found in your city?
Read more of it here.
graph per c.b. at npr monitor mix