Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for April 2014. They say April is for lovers and so is this month's poll, for lovers of music that is. What is it about music that moves us so much? Many people find it hard to describe how and why music moves them, it has been said that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
One of the greatest and most beloved musicians of the last century, Louis Armstrong, described the new swing music he was playing later to be known as jazz like this, "if you don't feel it, you'll never know it." Music bridges the generations bringing young and old together, it has the power to soothe and to inspire us. It is not surprising that the Grammy Awards on CBS is one of the highest-rated shows on television year after year. After a long tough winter, spring has finally arrived and that should be music to everyone's ears. And now the results of our poll...
Nearly half of the Americans that we asked still listen to music the old fashioned way, they listen to the radio. Seventeen percent have opened Pandora's Box and use a digital music service most of the time, 15 percent are usually "plugged in" to one of their personal electronic devices, nine percent still spin CD Players, six percent use their computers and one percent are really old school, they still spin vinyl. As you might imagine, the devices that people use are often related directly to the age of the user. Only 24 percent of those under the age of 35 are still "radio heads" while almost two out of three of them use personal devices or digital services. Now that's music to the ears of the people who run those industries.
Almost three out of four Americans would select jazz as the more important type of American music. Only 19 percent think that hip hop is more important. Hip hop is undeniably popular but jazz is uniquely American. It embodies the melting pot of the southern United States and is comprised of a rich gumbo of sounds that combine different African American spirituals with newer forms like ragtime, blues and swing. The combinations create a series of ever-changing and evolving rhythmic beats that defy description.
Sing to Me
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Turn it off!
If they had to attend one of these concerts with their daughter, nearly four out of 10 Americans would see Taylor Swift. Twenty-six percent picked the "Dark Horse" Katy Perry and 11 percent would go in One Direction to see the super popular British Boy Band. A paltry five percent would choose Miley Cyrus the former Disney kid turned twerker. And the prize for the least desirable concert goes to Justin Bieber. Only three percent of parents would want to take their daughter to see the former "boy next door" (accent on former).
Looking GoodOne out of four Americans think that the guitar is the sexiest instrument for someone to play. Another quarter has the brass to choose the saxophone as sexiest, 21 percent are keyed up for piano players, 14 percent bow to violinists, seven percent get a bang out of drummers and five percent are blown away by the flute.
I'm with the band
This poll was conducted by telephone from February 5-9, 2014 among 1,017 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3 percentage points. The error for other subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.