Throughout the exhibit, you'll find question prompts. You can enter a response to these prompts on the corresponding page in this digital exhibit. These responses are reviewed and uploaded to this page within 48 hours.
Collecting the Songs: What is the most cherished object or collection you own?
- I've been collecting Playbills and concert programs since I was in middle school-- they're probably worthless to anyone but me, but I find great joy in sitting down every few years to reminisce on everything I've seen.
Photo of my grandmother by Sol Mednick, State Street, New Haven, c. 1900. (Not sure if it is related to Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia.)
Connecticut concert ticket for The Clash
Illustrious Autographs: What value does an autograph add to a historic object for you?
- For me, while an autograph may add financial value, it also adds a layer of surrealness-- this person actually held this piece of paper in their hand.
- Not much
Tin Pan Alley: How do these marketing practices for music continue today?
- I definitely notice musical celebrities being used in advertising-- I just saw Lil Nas X and Elton John in an ad together for Uber eats
Love Songs: How have you used music to express love-- to yourself or others?
- My parents listened to Tony Bennett's "Because of You" on every anniversary of their wedding
Songs of War: How have you noticed music being used in relation to warfare or violence today?
Colorful Covers: Which song caught your eye first? Which one would you buy?
Protest Movements: Think of a movement you care about or participate in. How have you been moved by music to contribute or participate in that movement?
- Cindy Lauper's True Colors helped lead the way for diversity and inclusion