Essay on Athletes: Bee Gees and Music

Submitted By williams1741
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In the days of Mozart and Beethoven, or even in the days of Davy Crockett, music was a true art form; and when people were able to attend a concert on those rare occasions or listen to a guitar-strumming pioneer on an unusually quiet night in the settlement, they treated it as an artistic experience, or at least as enjoyable entertainment. Today, however, music has been transformed into a commodity, a product to be packed and sold. It is heard by millions of people daily and has invaded nearly all facets of human life--facets as diverse as baseball games, public media, and consumer spots. A person can go few places and do few things without the accompaniment of music today. A baseball fan attending a game in any major league park in the country will find music thrust at him between innings, during warm-ups, and after pitching changes. As Johnny Bench strikes out to end the inning in Cincinnati, the Reds’ fan must sit through the Bee Gees' "Stayin'
Alive" before the Dodgers bat. In Cleveland, after the Indians have won the game, the fan exits to the sounds of "Happy Days Are Here Again." And what baseball fan has gone to a game without hearing, standing up to, and stretching to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game?" In Chicago, the fan doesn't have to wait for the end of the inning; the White Sox management plays a few bars of "theme" music before each batter. There are other things besides baseball and sporting events which capitalize on packaged music. The public media, radio, and television, broadcast countless measures of music each day.
Aside from a very few "all-news" stations, radio sells music as its chief commodity. Television series all have soundtrack music and theme music, and even the news programs have their theme music. The National Broadcasting Company, in fact, even has its own orchestra. Television and radio have certainly played a large role in forcing packaged music on millions of people. The most pervasive type of canned music, though, is…