This blog is intended to go along with Population: An Introduction to Concepts and Issues, by John R. Weeks, published by Cengage Learning. The latest edition is the 12th (it came out in 2015), but this blog is meant to complement any edition of the book by showing the way in which demographic issues are regularly in the news.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Theme Song for Demography!

You have gotta love this!! Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau has created a "Pop" song called "Break it Down." Demography has a theme song--finally 😀 

Here are the lyrics, but you need to go to the video to catch the words and tune together:
Here’s a song about population
With births and deaths and some immigration.
Demography is a key foundation
For understanding our world and nations.
Break it down.
What’s the population in your town?
Take the number and then break it down.
Count by age, gender, race and then,
Add the births and deaths and movers,
And then you start again.
Babies make the population grow,
But people come and sometimes people go.
Some will die and others move away.
Millions of people come and go every day.
Break it down, break it down,
That’s demography.
Break it down like they do at PRB.
Break it down, break it down,
It’s 1-2-3.
To balance the equation
For your town or for your nation,
Add the births, subtract the deaths,
And don’t forget about migration,
And through this simple computation
You will know what makes the population grow.
Seven billion people on the Earth,
But there are fewer deaths than there are births.
That’s what makes the population grow,
But if the birth rate keeps on falling
The growth will start to slow.
Break it down, break it down,
That’s demography.
Break it down like they do at PRB.
Break it down, break it down,
It’s 1-2-3.
Here’s a song about population,
Break it down.
It’s a ‘Pop Song,’
Come and sing along
To the ‘Pop Song,’
Come and sing along.
I still carry around a book bag handed out at one of the annual meetings of the Population Association of America describing demographers as "broken down by age and sex." Mark Mather has put this idea to music and it's music to my ears. Hmm--I wonder if Mark was influenced by Prince.

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