5 SONGS IN THE AGE OF STUPIDITY

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Piece Title : 5 Songs in the Age of Stupidity
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Composer / Arranger : McFarland, John Max
Composer / Arranger Details: John Max McFarland holds degrees in Percussion Performance (B.M., M.M.) and Composition (B.M.) from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, he studied percussion with Judy Moonert and composition with Dr. Richard Adams, Dr. Robert Ricci, and Curtis Curtis-Smith. John was also a member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.

John is currently a freelance percussionist and composer in the Midwest, as well as an avid music arranger and educator.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :3 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Bongos (Set of) / Concert Bass Drum / Congas (Set of) / Crotales (Set of) / Cymbal / Finger Cymbals / Flexitone / Hi-Hats / Large Size Tom / Mark Tree / Metal Mixing Bowl / Opera Gong / ratchet / Sizzle Cymbal / Slide Whistle / Snare Drum / Splash Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Tambourine (Headless) / Temple Blocks (Set of) / Train Whistle / Vibra-Slap / Vibraphone / Wood Block / Xylophone
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2014 / 
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :5 Songs in the Age of Stupidity was inspired by a gift I received a few years prior to the composition of these songs. The gift in question was a 365-day calendar in which each day was dedicated to a “stupid” quote. As each day passed that year, I collected the quotes that I enjoyed and kept them in a folder in my filing cabinet. One would assume that a “stupid” quote would most naturally reflect the intellect of the owner of the quote. However, during the collection process I noticed that many of these quotes were from famous diplomats, “intellectuals,” and other individuals known for “profound” thoughts and ideas. It was then that I realized that we all do and say stupid things in our lives.

We live in a day and age where sound bite media can take quotes and ideas out of context to make an individual look foolish, heroic, demonic, or whatever suits that organization’s agenda. Combined with the rise of “anti-intellectualism” (avoid formal education, lest ye be branded “elitist”) and the fact that the average person can name and describe five cast members from their favorite reality television show before they can name five American presidents and their contribution to society, perhaps we truly do live in the age of stupidity.

After sifting through the many quotes saved during that year, I picked my five favorites and set the texts to music. The music in these songs reflect the times in which we live: Overly dramatic, awkward, and sometimes just plain stupid. The mezzo-soprano acts as a pseudo-percussionist armed with various percussion accessories and other noise makers to further accentuate the stupidity.

5 Songs in the Age of Stupidity was the first prize winner of the 2012 IronWorks Percussion Duo Composition Contest.
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