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Prom Music

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On the dance floor a big ball is bounced around. Ryan Roy takes a break from getting down to hit the ball back into the air.

On the dance floor a big ball is bounced around. Ryan Roy takes a break from getting down to hit the ball back into the air.

On the dance floor a big ball is bounced around. Ryan Roy takes a break from getting down to hit the ball back into the air.

Dalton Hallum

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Prom is supposed to be the highlight of high school, but the never failing and ubiquitous “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus that plays at least 5 times, can really drown out the magic of the evening.

Merriam-Webster defines “dance” as moving one’s body rhythmically usually to music. Prom is supposed to be a dance, but songs like “Darude Sandstorm” by Darude create more flailing movements than dance movements. Maggie Gabel is the director of prom and gave her insight on why the DJ is only allowed to play certain songs.

“The Junior class board makes a list of all the music they want played at prom, this year it’s about three hundred songs. The list is then sent to a committee of teachers just to make sure no one is going to be yelling profanity in the middle of prom. Sometimes they will shoot down a song because if they bleep out a explicit word people may still scream the word if they know the song,” Gabel said.

Mrs. Gabel’s explanation of why only certain songs may be played at prom may be surprising to some, but for most it’s just disappointing.The many genres of music kids listen to today contain explicit words. Jason Nguyen (11) had some ideas on what songs and artists they would want to hear at prom.

“I wanna hear Robin Thicke,” Nguyen said.

Jericho De Asis (11) is a passionate dancer who has his own specific taste in music that prom doesn’t cater towards.

“All the music I like contains explicit content, so it makes hard to get the prom committee to choose the songs I enjoy,” De Asis said.

Prom is something that all high school students should experience at least one time. While the music may be a deterring factor,  the good times and overall requirement may be enough to entice you to purchase a ticket.

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