OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN OUGHT TO BE INCLUDED IN COURSE WORK 6
Failing to include in the syllabus Olivia Newton and her songs suchas “Have You Never Been Mellow” is an injustice to the legendrymusician and the song itself. The song was a hit in 1975 rising tonumber one on the hot 100 Billboard in the United States and furthertopped the single chart for Hot Adult Contemporary Billboard.Moreover, the song ranked to number three on the chart for HotCountry Singles. One can therefore not help but wonder why and howsuch a great song could be left out of course syllabus. Not only isthe musician who sang the song a legend but back then in theseventies the hit song was everybody’s favorite tune. “Have YouNever Been Mellow?” should be included in the course alongside theartist Olivia Newton who ought to be featured as one of the mostsuccessful artist in the music industry. This study paper argues thereason as to why the Olivia Newton and her songs should be includedin the course. Providing assertions to support the argument and itconcludes by giving a recommendation that Olivia Newton should beinclude in next year course work.
Olivia Newton-John was born in 1948 and is a song writer, a singerand an actress. The musician has been awarded Grammy award four timesand her hit song have dominated the radio single charts ranking amongthe best songs ever played. Additionally, RIAA, has gold certified 11of her singles and the fact that she sold more than a million makesher one of the best selling artist of her time (Ewbank, 2011). Herhit song “Have You Never Been Mellow" is a song originallyauthored by John Farrar, the song was recorded by Olivia Newton whoused the song title on her album. Apart from topping the U.SBillboard chart as the number one song among the hot 100 songs in1975 the record was nominated for a Grammy award. In addition tothis, after it release the song sold one million copies. Outside theUnited States the country was also a hit in countries such as Canada,Australia, Netherlands and Japan. However, in countries such as theUnited Kingdom the song failed to gain popularity.
There is no doubt that the song "Have You Never Been Mellow"is a classic and ought to have been included in the course work along time. The singer of the song tries to convince the listener notto be too serious by taking everything so hard. Everything about thesong is just good the beautiful voice of the singer gave life to thesong making it a magical experience to anyone listening to it. Thesong uses soft disco beat which is common to date
Some of the reasons as to why Olivia Newton should be Included inCourse Work include the fact that Olivia Newton had the best voice inher time and even to date her classical are the best to listen to. The themes of her songs were simple and informative. Thus, leavingthe listener not only entertained but also informed. All her funswill agree with me that she was simply perfect and affording to missher concert was a huge loss. Olivia Newton is a success story hertalent in music has won her numerous awards and is considered a rolemodel by most upcoming music artist. I do believe that every musicstudent should be informed about her. Her music career kicked off atthe age of 15 when she won a TV contest for talented youngsters. Inthe year 1963 the musician was featured in a local TV show for popmusic in Australia. Her first single was released in 1966 “Till YouSay You’ll Be Mine,” the song was greatly liked by people inAustralia and in U.S. Nevertheless, her star begun to shine brighterwhen she started co-producing music with John Farrar and released herfirst album. Olivia won her first Grammy award as the best countryvocalist and by that time her album started topping radio charts.This clearly shows that the musician is important in the world ofmusic and thus, ought to be included in the course work alongsideother musical icon.
Olivia is an inspiration to student and to everyone else especiallyin her battle against breast cancer. The musician produced an albumto encourage other after successfully overcoming the breast cancer.In addition to this, the singer has been involved in variouspromotion aimed at creating awareness and why it is important forpeople to go for regular checkups in order for the cancer to bedetected early (Ruckdeschel, 2010). Moreover, the singer openedOlivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre back in 2013, whichoffer treatment to cancer patient. Her work in creating awarenessabout breast cancer motivates music student that apart from musicthere other things that one can do to make a difference in peoplelives.
As mentioned in this paper the song "Have You Never Been Mellow"was a great song and the fact that people still listen to it even inthe present, it is for this reason that I propose that it be featuredalongside this great musician. The song has all the traits of greatsong it has a universal message and is told in fresh way that makesit easy for different people to relate with. Anyone who has listenedto the song will agree with me that the song lives a memorable hook.In addition another trait that makes the song a great song is thefact that it is easy to understand. In addition the song has a catchymelody and the mere fact that the singer sold more than a millioncopies is proof enough that was a great song (Farrar, 1975).
Including Olivia Newton in the course work will present student withan opportunity to learn about what it takes to become a greatmusician. Furthermore, learning about the themes of her songs such as"Have You Never Been Mellow" will give them an opportunityto become rational thinking since they are bound to analyze the themeof this song. In addition the student will learn about the traits ofa good song and what marks a good artist from the rest.
In conclusion, there is no doubt that failing to include OliviaNewton and her "Have You Never Been Mellow” in the course workwas a wrong. Her songs were a hit in the seventies and the eightiesand learning about her will pay a huge role in shaping the musiccareers for most music student.
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Farrar, J. (1975). Have you never been mellow. Pyrmont, N.S.W:Festival Music.