My mother is fond of saying: there’re no new stories…it’s all just the same story, retold.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The movie is essentially a remake of Homer’s The Odyssey. Of course, the copyright on The Odyssey must surely be up by now and who would own that copyright anyway? A fellow teacher just told me that she uses “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” to teach The Odyssey. Same story. Who knew?
If it’s all just the same story, retold…then maybe it’s all just the same music, remixed? I still have my old mix tapes from the ‘80’s, in a box somewhere, and I have CD’s that my girls and I made over the years with music mixes (of our own purchased music) on them. Things are much easier now with digital media, our iPods are just one big mixed device. In one of the videos we watched, they blamed piracy for killing the record stores. I think that’s a stretch. Digital media has been a game changer for lots of industries and only those willing to change with the times are going to survive. I still buy whole albums on iTunes, most of the time. And I still buy real books to enjoy the total sensation of reading for pleasure. But I think that re-mixing may be here to stay, in fact, I really enjoy some of the new mixes that use some familiar 80's tunes!
Now I’m off to watch my legally purchased copy of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”