Music As a Healing Tool in A Long Way Gone Throughout the novel A Long Way Gone, music is used as a motif. Music is used to distract or calm the soldiers in rehabilitation, as it has the ability to trigger emotional responses. Also, music is used to remind the soldiers of their innocence and life before the war. And lastly music is used to create common ground amongst strangers. In Chapter 17, music is seen as a means of distraction when Esther is examining Beah. Beah states that, "[Esther] [his] checked tongue, used a flashlight to look in [his] eyes... [he] didn't care because the song had taken ahold of [him]." (Beah 154). Esther manipulates both Beah's interest in music, and the ability music has to take focus. Esther did this …show more content…
In Chapter 19 when Beah goes to the pub we are shown the first glimpse of music in the community after the war. Beah even meets a girl named Zainab, but is not able to continue their relationship as she would, "ask to many questions." (Beah 184). And finally during Beah's trip to New York City for the UN conference, Beah and fifty six other children, "[sang] a chant [they] had come up with, they [they] [sang]; [they] then cried...laughed...[and] danced." (Beah 199) in celebration of their successes and healing. By sharing such intimate stories, memories, feelings, and songs, barriers were broken allowing the children to realize that they were not alone and can help each other heal. Music is one of the few things that can trigger both a emotional and a mental response, being able to cause the listener to feel happy, yet also remind the listener of a specific time in their lives. Music can bring people together, and ultimately reveal the child in all of us. In the novel A Long Way Gone we are shown just how much of an impact music can have on one boy's life, and hope to teach us the benefit of having music in everyone's
Ever heard of the phrase “Actions speak louder than words”? Quite frankly, that phrase has helped me make heaps of clever decisions throughout my life. But I’ve come to learn that sometimes, a phrase can’t always be utilized so proficiently. If I were to be genuinely honest, words can affect lives just as greatly as actions can. Ishmael Beah, the author of A Long Way Gone, experienced dreadful occurrences countless times throughout his childhood all the way to his early adulthood.
217). By adding auditory elements, the audience is presented with information that helps to better understand what the girl faces both internally and externally. The connections between emotion and music forged by The Red Tree can aid children in developing empathy, and can lead them to use music as a tool “to help solve health issues” (Ivanovic 97). By interacting in the process of using music to understand internal feelings, The Red Tree has served as an educational tool for the children watching the play. Research suggests that music can be used “as a tool in affecting human behaviour in social life” (Cochrane et al. 147).
By just turning on a song that you like can put you in your own world where no one criticizes you or judges you for being you. Music is an escape from any problem in society and it is meant for everyone. “Music is just something that helps me escape and be totally free from everything.”-David Schmitt. This quote shows the true meaning of music.
To human beings songs and music in general play a huge part in our lives. In many situations people turn to music. For example when someone is down or upset they might play an upbeat song to try and help their mood. Another example is when someone might be stressed or just unstrung; they turn to music or a certain song to help calm themselves.
It is easy to argue that "music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same" (Denver). However, not only does music bring us together as humans but also delivers an accurate depiction of society and it helps spread relevant ideas/.
Music, in this novel, has a great deal of influence on what is occurring. For example, music played a part in Fat Charlie’s mom briefly healing form her terminal illness. That healing was also done on Rosie’s mom. Plus, singing helps mend the relationship between Bird woman, Fat Charlie, and
Music can bring the brightest of joys that keeps us moving through our dull and boring lives. An example of this joy is Ishmael Beah’s life as a boy soldier in his book A Long Way Gone. As he tells you his story, he tells of his dance group with his friends, the times he heard music in the middle of war, and how music saved him from the madness that brewed within him. Music has the unique ability to create peace in a person’s life despite the difficulties surrounding them, and to bring a constant reminder of who they are as a person.
Music provided entertainment for soldiers, relieved stress, and allowed the families back home to express their joy and grief of the war with the world. Music is an easily obtainable source of entertainment for all types of groups. During WWI however, music was utilized for many types of reasons. Music also “helped bring solidarity to groups, strengthen morale and help diminish fear and quite simply, they helped reduce the boredom, frustration and monotony of military life”(Music of the Great War). Not only did music help with those things, during the start of the war, music was also used as a recruitment tactic (Stempel).
Music helps a depressed mind become active. Songs are written out of true stories or feelings the artist had, which somewhere, somehow, someone can relate to. Music can help lift the spirits of a depressed person because of the physical changes it makes, or the relation to the story. Depression is when a person is constantly sad and their brain is low on dopamine and serotonin. Already discussed is the release of these feel-good chemicals and neurotransmitters when a person listens to music.
Music therapy is the clinical use of music to achieve individual goals and improve relationships; it is also considered a form of Psychotherapy (Music Therapy Medicine). Melodies and harmonies are used to transport patients to new and safe places. The sweet rhythms brings peace and relaxation to stressed minds. Self-worth is found between each melodic note, and anxiety and depression are long forgotten. Memories that were once lost are now found, and medication is improved by this one simple healing tool.
Moreover, it can also be a better alternative treatment for several diseases and sickness. Central Idea: Music treatment is the expert use of music and its components in therapeutic, instructive, and ordinary situations with people or groups to upgrade their quality of life and enhance their physical and wellbeing. Introduction: Do you ever know how powerful music is? Why do people continue to compose songs and why do many songs made you feel happy but some instead made you cry?
Do people ever stop and think that a certain song has changed their mood completely? One minute they were mad and the next they are sad. Or that music can help people with illnesses and disabilities. How music can affect the brain, emotions, memory and so much more. Music plays a key part in today’s society.
Music has always been a part of my life. In definition, it is “vocal or instrumental sounds combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” Ever since I was a young child, I have loved music. The strong, steady beats, the entrancing melodies, and the lyrics that vary between heartwarming and heart-wrenching have always had an unexplainable effect on my life. Music seems to have the ability to change certain aspects of my world.
In both of these instances, it was mainly used for communication purposes and as a psychological weapon. On the other hand, war has impacted music in several different ways. For example, the violence of warfare has molded many of the musical artists’ emotions and attitudes, which has resulted in powerful, upbeat music or dark, depressing music. War has also mixed many different cultures’ music as a result
Development of music history from Medieval period to Baroque Period Music exists in every known cultural group of the world and it is likely to have existed among the ancient ancestral communities. Music may have started in Africa, having existed for at least 55,000 years before evolving into an essential constituent of human life. Different people have different perspectives towards music. For instance, some may take music as jazz set, an orchestral symphony, an electronic beat or even a simple thing as the chirping of birds. Music has both positive and negative effect on humans and it depends on how it is applied.