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Recently I was on the internet making some motel reservations and while doing so I read through the reviews on the travel sites I visited. I was amused by some of the grammar and spelling errors in these reviews. After reading some of the funnier ones to my daughter, she wondered why some of these people didn't bother to read back over what they'd written to correct errors. My suggestion was that it probably didn't matter because this was probably the way they wrote and they wouldn't even notice the writing errors they had made.
I suppose that some of the poor writing could be attributed to people having written their reviews on their phones or whatever devices people use in lieu of actual typing on a keyboard. I think that a lot of people actually have truly bad grammar and spelling skills and these reviews reflect that level of poor education. Whatever the case, I wonder about the education of today's young people. Do we fault the schools? The parents? The culture? The kids? And now Common Core is being instituted in schools throughout the United States. I wonder if they'll include "Text speak" as part of the language program.
At least teach kids how to spell...
Battle of the Bands Results: The Banjo Song
Speaking of spelling, there was some annoyance about the spelling out of the word "banjo" in the song used in my most recent Battle, "The Banjo Song". The spelling out of words in songs is quite common so I was surprised that some of the voters did not like this song gimmick. It's mostly a novelty idea from the standpoint of songwriting. Spelling words in songs does not particularly annoy me though I'm not overly fond of ditties such as the folk song "Bingo" or the "Lollipop Song" that I used to hear my sister sing. "Lollipop" was a reworking of the George M Cohan song "Harrigan".
The bottom line is that not many of the voters in this contest even liked "The Banjo Song". Not only did they not like the song, many did not like the artists whose versions were presented. Tough contest. Neil Young won by default I would say. A few--myself included--are Neil Young fans. I'm an avid Neil Young fan. But I also enjoyed the version by The Big 3. As many of you know, I like a wide spectrum of music and often go against the grain of the more common tastes of the majority of the population. What can I say? There's no accounting for taste sometimes.
My vote went to Neil Young. Of course. And even if I had voted otherwise, Neil Young would have won handily.
The final tally:
Neil Young and Crazy Horse 15 votes
Big 3 4 votes
My next Battle of the Bands pairing will take a real turn. It's an incredibly beautiful tune first done by a jazz artist. Be here on August 1st to vote on the next Battle.
Do you think modern media has had an adverse effect on language? Are many kids today coming out of the educational system knowing less than kids in the past? Should we be concerned about Common Core?