On PS22 and Music
If I had one criticism of PS22 and their teacher, it’s that he is probably not teaching proper singing or performance techniques to them at a young age. Its common thought that this creates ‘bad’ habits that will influence the art in a negative way, later.
I was thinking that as I watched this.
And then I thought, “so what?”
There are probably many many children singing in children’s choirs around the globe inside of Universities, etc. that don’t enjoy the music they sing. I think I’d argue that that fact is more destructive to the art than something like PS22 is.
When musicians come to hate music, it might be one of the saddest days on earth.
If anything, performances like these are creative, unique, and stretching across boundaries. Right? I can see some of these kids rushing over to their friends’ house after school and being super jazzed to load up YouTube and show their friends what they did at school that day.
These are kids. And they’re excited about what they’re doing.
That’s the future of America, I think. Creativity is key. Technology (because it is simply an embodiment of creativity) is key. Fine arts (because they are simply embodiments of creativity) are key. The study of maths and sciences (because they are products of creativity) are key.
And so when I cringe to see the kids moving their bodies so much, I have to stop and think…”how proud are these kids of their work?” or “how much will the enjoyment of this experience influence their lives in the future?” You can experience the excitement within the last few seconds of the video. Sheer joy.
Because in the end it doesn’t matter if they’re singing Mozart or Lady Gaga (though it might be nice for them to understand both forms of the art); they’re singing. They’re practicing. They’re performing. And they’re enjoying it.
And, better yet, they’re doing what they do…well. We don’t have enough of that in today’s world.
It’s cool stuff. It really is.
I really don’t like the song that much, despite its catchiness. Gaga wrote the song with her dad taking shots on the piano after her grandfather died. I just don’t, quite…get it. It doesn’t speak any sort of message that I would consider life changing, and I don’t think the lyrics are very poetic at all. Also, the music video was ridiculous.
Regardless, though, the act of singing it is moving something inside of these two groups. It’s weird to think that something’s moving inside of these groups when the lyrics to the song suck. But, you know, perhaps that speaks to the power of music within the soul. It probably does.