Classical Tyro

A Beginner's Guide to Great Music

Music for Baby Boomers

“Memory is the scribe of the soul.” – Aristotle

Memory is a product of our ability to make associations — every memory is connected in some way to other memories.

And very little sparks memory with the intensity of music.

Music can work like a time machine, taking us back to a specific time and place. If we hear a song that was popular when we were young, we might suddenly begin thinking about friends, places, and events long forgotten.

Those of us who are baby boomers possess more than our share of "time machine" moments from music. For most of us, popular songs shaped our youth. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” for example, can bring back such distinct memories that many boomers will remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard it.

If you would like to test this theory, I recommend clicking on the "Music for Baby Boomers" link below and take a look at page recently added to this site that links to dozens of songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. If you are a baby boomer, the songs will most likely evoke a variety of memories, thoughts, and emotions. Listen to the songs and let the memories flow.

For those of you not old enough to remember when the songs were popular, I can guarantee that you'll be listening to some absolutely terrific music.

"Music for Baby Boomers" (Click Here)

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In the spirit of helping baby boomers tap into memories of their youth, I will soon be publishing a book titled Flash Back: A Baby Boomer's Guide to Talking about Something Other than Declining Health and How the World is Going to Hell.

Flash Back provides baby boomers with over 300 conversation prompts that are designed to spark memories of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The book is designed to help boomers begin conversations about everything from metal cap guns and Polaroid land cameras to John Wayne and Sidney Poitier, from Zig Zags and waterbeds to Gloria Steinem and Barry Goldwater. The book has no higher purpose than entertainment and will, of course, include many references to the music that helped baby boomers define their youth.

Flash Back will be available on March 31, 2017, through Amazon. For more information, click on the link below.

Flash Back (Click Here)

The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”


Bach, Suite in E minor for Lute, "Bourée" (c. 1717)

Sometime around 1717, Johann Sebastian Bach composed the Suite in E minor for Lute, which includes a Bourée as the fifth of six movements. Over 250 years later, in 1968, Paul McCartney borrowed the Bourée as an inspiration for his song “Blackbird” on the Beatles' White Album. A year after that, the rock group Jethro Tull included the Bourée on their album Stand Up, providing even more evidence that Bach's music is ubiquitous in our culture. (For more information about what I'm saying, as well as a video showing how McCartney used the Bourée to create "Blackbird," see my blog titled “The Ubiquitous Bach”)

For what it's worth, a "Bourée" is a seventeenth-century French dance with two beats per measure.

Andreas Martin, Lute

Paul McCartney, "Blackbird"

Jethro Tull with Ian Anderson on flute at the AVO SESSION Basel, Switzerland