For anyone who cares, I sat down with the wacky prof of my Hx of the U.S. thru Music course, and we agreed to a topic for my paper. I'll be writing about why human beings seem compelled to make music, and ways in which they use music. I'm not sure that relates specifically to U.S. history, but I'll discuss ways in which groups of people have used music as a tool throughout U.S. history. Anyway, the prof agreed to it, so I guess I'm good to go. He probably gets sick of reading papers about the same topics over and over again: Elvis, big band, R&B, blah, blah, blah. These are all subjects we've covered in class and I don't want to just regurgitate the info he already gave us. It can be boring enough to write the paper in the first place, so covering some different ground might make it more tolerable.
Anyway, I've always been fascinated by why people need to make music. Is it biological? I just keep wondering why?
Thank you to everyone who responded to my desperate plea for subject ideas. I appreciate your input...it helped to inspire!!! And if any of you is dying for North Dakota tchotchke (that's really the correct spelling - I looked it up) I'll be happy to send you something.