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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life

This is the account of the music of the sixties course "Evolution of the Revolution" that we give every semester Read More
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For the past nine years, I have been giving an academic course entitled “The Music of the Sixties: Evolution of the Revolution” at Tel Aviv University and the Holon Institute of Technology.

 

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

Our course is about the music, the songs, the melodies, the lyrics, the writers and performers, the producers and us, the audience. We listen to records (real ones), watch videos. The students form a band, and we clap (on the 2 and 4) and join in. We have a facebook group for each course where students can comment and post their own favorites.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

But it’s also about the youth culture of the sixties, cutting through racial and gender inequality, the war in Vietnam, and the dangers of materialism. Naive and optimistic, the ‘message in the vinyl’ is fast-forwarded to us in the haunting cover of the Youngbloods. It is passed down by Donovan singing Buffy Ste-Marie’s “Universal Soldier”, by Leonard Cohen in the “Sacrifice of Isaac”, and in “Aquarius” of the mega-musical “Hair”.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

We ask some difficult questions.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

Here are some of my thoughts, mantras, comments and musings based on the era, the course and my own life as a ‘product’ of the sixties era and culture. Feel free to love them, share them, or ignore them.

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But first, let’s remember Hair, the musical that wrapped the sixties into three hours of splendid music. Hair had it all, just like the sixties: Equality, sex, love, race, peace and war, drugs.

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Hair – war, peace, drugs, sex, love

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Hair Trailer

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

In the course we talk a lot about innovation. For a new idea, product, song or sound to succeed, it has to be accepted. People tend to accept change when it is incremental, evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

Most of the students in the course want to get academic credits for the course.

Do they know how little university exams have to do with life?

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

Television was in its infancy in the early sixties. It was bad. Now it’s worse, much worse. Check out “Satisfaction”. The Stones wrote a good song for a change.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

Some of the ‘students’ in the course just show up for the exam. They are the minimalists. They miss out on the experience.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

In our course, we try to keep cynicism at bay. It’s dangerous. It’s infectious. Like CoVid-19.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

I don’t know whether the students realize it, but each course is a sixties-style social experiment. They don’t have to form a band, they don’t have to post on our facebook group, they don’t have to show up early for class, they don’t have to be attentive, and they don’t have to bring munchies to our final party. Some of them do. Sometimes, many. We try to create a mini-Woodstock environment. Sometimes, we even succeed!

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Do they understand that they are judged as a group, as a class, and not just as individuals? I hope so.

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

No matter how old you are, you always have 100% of your life left to live. Don’t waste time regretting things. Jump out of bed in the morning and make dreams come true!

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The students have youth. Some of them have wide-eyed optimism. They all should.

Do they realize how lucky I am to be teaching them?

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Course Summary and Mel’s Sixties Mantras for a Better Life by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg - Ourboox.com

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If you like it, you might also want to read:

Do you Know your Sixties Music?

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