Music, according to Dictionary, is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony. The use of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic devices in music can can bring us back to ourselves, be our mirror, and show us a side we may have long forgotten or never knew existed. For many, it is like a constant companion. It can bring us joy and motivate us, accompany us through difficult times, and alleviate our worries. Music is found in every known culture, past and present, and comes in various styles and forms.
Jennifer Brackett Master PhiLL English I 6 OCT 17 Soundtrack of my Life Music is a factor in my life that has played a huge role. I find myself constantly listening, singing, or dancing to new songs I find. I have realized that the music I find myself extremely attracted to, is the music that does a good job defining my personality, my experiences, or my thoughts that I cannot find the words to say out loud. Often, it seems as if the music finds me compared to me finding it. Although music allows me to express so many parts of my life, the main factor it seems to define is my past experiences.
Throughout the book, “Love is a Mix Tape” the author, Rob Sheffield proves that there are many values of music beyond entertainment, and you can find some of the values that music has beyond entertainment just by reading the book. Rob learns many of these values indirectly by what happens to him throughout his life, and in this book. The main values that he brought up were that music does not just entertain people. It can cause many different emotions, many new friendships to occur, many new relationships form, and it can bring back many memories from the past. Music can cause someone to feel happy, and at the same time it has the power to make someone extremely somber.
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The ‘Witch and the Saint’ was originally composed for orchestra by Steven Reineke. It was later on arranged for concert bands by the American arranger Matt Conaway. I chose the ‘Witch and the Saint’ because it assembles many interesting and different factors that the music we hear nowadays doesn't have. For example at the very beginning there is a very special element that we don’t usually hear which is the church bells.
Through weeks of research have found that love is the theme. Poetic devices, quotes and repetitive lyrics in the song prove that love is the theme. Love relates to teenagers because they love their family and friends. In the visual parts of the song a persons partner dies imitating what happened to the songs conductor. The conductor loved his partner very much which is why clean bandit made this song and why the theme is love.
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.
Symphony number five and six were written at the same time but differ vastly in theme. ‘The Pastoral” has the theme of nature or rather a love for nature. Throughout the piece many facets of nature are depicted. Calm and the chaos of nature in the form of storms. The sixth symphony was created as Beethoven loved to stroll through nature and found much calm there.
In “A Love Song”, the tone is melancholic, as even while the speaker is being enamored by the overwhelming presence of love, he can feel the world around him seeping away and being tainted yellow. Williams writes, “I am alone. / The weight of love / Has buoyed me up / Till my head / Knocks against the sky” (Williams 19-23). The use of the oxymoron created by a weight buoying something up creates a disconnected feeling as if the speaker has no control over what happens to them, as if even when surrounded by people they are utterly alone because the only ‘real’ thing left to them in the world is the object of their affection. This creates a melancholic tone, which is heavy-hearted but not quite sad or depressed, and connects to the theme that love distorts the rest of the world.
Even though it was difficult to choose only one song because of how broad my musical taste is none of those songs made me feel as unique and beautiful as this song does. My options varied from Eminem’s crazy rap to Beyoncé’s sassy rhythm but at the end I decided on a song that has prevailed beautiful for many, many the years and still might be something new for my peers. I wanted to show the class something they probably haven’t heard of and hopefully make some of them curious about the genre or the artist. I chose this song because I wanted to give them the opportunity to try new rhythms, lyrics, genres, and just things in general and showed them how special and incredible this song can be if understood correctly. In addition, what this song means to me also influenced my decision.
Music has the power to evoke a variety of emotions; happiness to sadness, fear to peacefulness or tranquillity. Music also has the ability to produce feelings of enjoyment and euphoria in the listener. Some music even allows listeners to experience several emotions. (Chanda & Levitin, 2013) Many people often turn to music to elevate their mood. Especially when listening to a favourite song, it arouses a deep emotional response.