"In the “autumn of 1971” Don McLean's melancholic American Pie entered the collective consciousness, and over thirty years later remains one of the most discussed, dissected and debated songs that popular music has ever produced (McLean; Morgan, "What Do American Pie's Lyrics Mean?"). A cultural event at the peak of its popularity in “1972, it reached the top of the Billboard 100 charts in a matter of weeks, selling more than 3 million copies;” and at eight and a half minutes long, this was no normal accomplishment (Morgan, "What Do American Pie's Lyrics Mean?"). The song that travels through different times uses literal devices to intensify its meaning it does this by alluding to specific moments in time.
As the fireworks explode in the night sky to celebrate Independence Day, “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen plays loudly for the audience to hear. As the men, women, and children bellow out the chorus proudly, they never seem to grasp its intended meaning. By studying the appeals and irony used in Springsteen’s lyrics, it is easy to see how Springsteen’s message of the poor treatment of Vietnam War veterans is misconstrued by millions of listeners into American pride. Springsteen’s intended audience is a group made up of mainly white, blue collar Americans- a group not likely to accept criticism of America. Through unclear lyrics and a poorly selected audience, Springsteen’s hit “Born in the U.S.A.” is a rhetorical failure.
Sometimes I Cry by Tupac writes about the pain of feeling lonely and not having anyone to turn too to discuss or hear his true feelings. In this poem he writes how he wishes he could confide in someone and how selfish the world is by not having the time or patience to stop and listen to others pain. Tupac writes “The world moves fast and it would rather pass u by than to stop and see what made you cry”. Here he clearly admits to the lack of compassion the world has for those who are in pain. Feeling sad and not having someone ask you what’s wrong or care is what Tupac is writing about. One of the poetic devices that tupac uses in the poem sometimes i cry is hyperbole. A hyperbole is exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
In today's society a countless amount of intelligent young adults throw away their talent by making short sided decisions, or partaking in harmful habits. Some claim the dilemma on modern media glamorizing such bad habits. Others asseverate that the people around them are to blame. None the less Gwendolyn Brooks expresses these concerns in an almost morbid fashion with her powerful poem "We Real Cool" which conveys a cautionary theme that those who chose to live fast paced lives filled with so called "cool" choices tend to live short lives. Her use of rhythm, dialect, and word choice presents the almost unnerving theme in an incredibly haunting way .
The method of approach that I chose for this artifact is Cluster Criticism. As stated in Rhetorical Criticism:Exploration and Practice, Cluster Criticism is “the meanings that key symbols have for a rhetor are discovered by charting the symbols that cluster around those key symbolism an artifact.” A cluster analysis provides a survey or blueprint of the rhetor’s mind in which results in giving us insights into the meanings of key terms and thus a worldview of the rhetor, even the rhetor may not know.
Music, especially pop music, is so bad nowadays. What happened to The Beatles? What happened to Queen? What happened to Pink Floyd? These kids only listen to this rap music. What even is that? It’s gangster music, that’s what it is. This music is turning our kids into thugs who smoke and do weed and say swears and treat women with disrespect because that’s what these musicians tell them to do.
Wherever we may come from, we can do amazing things in this world. In this world, every human being can be anything they strive to be. Lupe Fiasco released the inspirational song, “The Show Goes On,” on October 26, 2010, as the first single from his third studio album Lasers. He uses motivational and inspirational phrases to motivate the audience to never give up even if they are going through the hardest parts of their lives. Fiasco uses his past to connect to the targeted audience, that being the less fortunate families and those who grew up in harsh conditions. His purpose in writing and performing this song is very simple, to motivate. Despite the record label not wanting to release the song for it being too lyrical and having too deep
Musician Frank Zappa’s obituary in 1993 reminds me that those who have great talent and fame aren’t always nice people. There are lots of historical examples of this: The artist Caravaggio, who painted some of the most beautiful and moving religious art, was a murderer. The actor Errol Flynn was an alcoholic estranged from his children and had sex with underage girls. And America’s most beloved author, Mark Twain, was a spendthrift and held grudges. Zappa’s New York Times obituary by Jon Pareles tries hard not to skate over Zappa’s difficult personality, instead giving him credit for his influence on rock and roll, his mastery of a variety of musical styles, and calling him “iconoclastic” and “Dada-esque” and occasionally “juvenile” or “scatological.” Pareles refrains from mentioning that, according to his own wife, Zappa “didn’t do love,” pulled his kids out of school at 15 because he thought education was a waste of time, and wrote some of the most offensive lyrics in rock and roll history (Paglia, 2004)
The Vietnam War is a well-explored topic in music, but the media of the 1980s brought with it a new perspective; the war was over and the new Reagan era worked towards trying to leave Vietnam and the upheaval of the 1960s in the past and the music of the
When Tyler says that, he is trying to clear up what he said before. This time he is pushing his message that we should think what society wants us to think or what the popular opinion is. He is showing us that it is better to see a different meaning of things than others.
In Maryville, Missouri, a fourteen-year old girl was entering her teenage years at a brand new high school, brand new friends and a brand new cheer squad. A couple months into her new school she met a young man who was many years older than her. The quarterback of their football team, one who say he was the popular guy of school. She fell in love with him, she would do anything and everything for him. One night while her parents were asleep, she snuck out with the young man to a college party that was near by her house. Twelve hour later, her mother finds her sitting outside their home, passed out, pants ripped and male sperm all over her body. My friend, was raped. A fourteen-year girl dating an eighteen-year old man is rape. So why
There have been many protest songs in the United States; the freedom of speech has contributed to powerful music and protest words that are written in song. The song that will be discussed throughout this essay is “American Idiot” by Green day. This song speaks volume about the uneducated “America” and puts emphasis on the destruction that reality television is making on the United States of America. Listening to the unspoken word and read between the lies, for that then you will understand.The song “American Idiot” was released during the 2004 presidential election, where George W. Bush was selected into office for the second term as President of the United States of America (source). Armstrong was inspired to write this song after hearing a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd on his car
My Chemical Romance’s album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was an important album for the emo genre of music. Three Cheers was significant because it created an era that was important for the band, and the album itself was significant. What My Chemical Romance did with the Three Cheers album was important because it received commercial success which helped influence their successors. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is a major album because it created an important era for the band and influenced the emo genre.