LETTERS — Sublime music; faceless society

Avoid dark notes

Much of today’s music often contains dark messages that can negatively affect the behavior of both adults and children.

People have their own tastes and styles that they like, but I personally think it’s important to remember the old styles of music. Since music is an international language, everyone understands it to some extent, and everyone feels something different about different styles of music.

For example, even if you don’t speak Italian, you can be moved by Italian opera. Or even if you don’t like jazz, you can feel like you’re in the heart of New York with Frank Sinatra!

Older music is a dying thing that I think should be brought back to life because it can have a positive effect on its listeners.

However, some of today’s music, which contains messages mainly about evil and death, is shallow, depressing, and even ominous. Music is a powerful thing, and in these scary and uncertain times we live in, pure music can create a powerful ripple effect in society. In fact, what we do can damage our memory because what we see can never go unnoticed and what we hear can never go unheard. Music was never meant to make people depressed and angry; it was meant to make us feel uplifted and empowered.

I’m almost 13 and it frustrates me to think that many kids my age don’t know what real music is anymore! And I’m not saying that there isn’t good modern music, because there is, and modern music can be a powerful thing too. But a lot of modern music contains profanity and nonsense that people, especially children, simply shouldn’t listen to.

Just imagine if people like Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra were around to hear some of today’s music; they probably wouldn’t recognize it. I can only imagine the difference in children if they listened to clean music instead of music about death! We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, and part of that can be cutting out the bad stuff in our lives. This may include giving up listening to dark music and replacing it with life-giving music. I truly believe that positive music is something that can change people’s attitudes for the better, and we should try to remember what the music was for.

Anna Gibb, Meaghers Grant

Zero human interaction

These days, we go ahead and collect cash from an ATM, swipe a card to make purchases at various self-service checkouts, and return home without saying a word or looking a mortal in the face.

On the streets, they stumble unobtrusively along with brain-numbing gadgets held inches from their noses.

Not so long ago, the neighborhood postman came to us, and less than 20 years ago, a cheerful milkman came twice a week. There was a man at the gas station filling up the tank and cleaning the windshield. Where did they go?

Australopithecus became homo (paene) sapiens because it learned to chat with its companions.

How fast are we regressing?

Jean Cameron, Halifax

Seamless medical services

Last month I spoke to my sister in England.

I happened to mention that a relative who was in constant pain needed a blood test and had an appointment for two weeks at our local hospital in Bridgwater.

My sister, who recently had open heart surgery, commented that she had blood drawn earlier that day. She drove up (no appointment needed) to a five-lane facility in Cambridge, where she was told to go to a booth. There she handed the technician her ID card. Then this person came out of a fully computerized booth and took blood from my sister’s arm, who didn’t have to get out of the car – she just stuck her arm out the open window. Then she went home.

Potential exposure to COVID was minimal. There was no need to find and pay for parking or walk from the car park back and forth, and no time spent in the waiting room.

My sister also described their “vaccination bus”. She had, of course, duly appreciated the mind behind these two objects.

Diana Gilbert, Meadville Branch

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