Everyday music engulfs us whether we are watching a show, listening to the radio, or shopping at a grocery store. Music gives humans the ability to express oneself when there is no other way. Music sparks more creativity, emotions and brain function than any other activity.
When I was in fifth grade, I was caught between two worlds, playing a woodwind or string instrument. If I played a woodwind instrument I would have to blow in it to make music, but string instruments are played with a bow to make music. After much thought, I decided that the violin was the best instrument for me, because it has a beautiful, unique sound, plus the possibilities are never-ending. I could receive a compliment from a teacher, or even get accepted to the symphony.
The road of life can be a bumpy one. There will always be twists and turns that can alter a person’s life, changing the course of their destination. Even though life can be tough, you have to draw upon your inner strength in order to persevere. The songs, “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Greenday sing about this message. The lyrics in their songs have many literary devices such as personification, repetition, symbolism and juxtaposition. The personification will help you
From the sounds of Elvis many other important bands of the sixties were inspired, even people a thousand miles away from America. One of these important bands was the Beatles. The Beatles took the rock sound and added more lyrical and musical complexity to the sound. The Beatles were the starters of the “British Invasion” in 1963 when they released “I want to Hold Your Hand” (Kallen, 2012, 31). After their first single they had immense success with other hits such as “She Loves You” and “Woooo!” The Beatles continued to reinvent their music on the various other albums throughout the sixties delving into complex, heavy existential concepts and psychedelic elements, becoming the most relevant influence for modern rock.
In 1977, when Fleetwood Mac released their multi-platinum album Rumours, I was 4 years old and far too young to appreciate music. As I entered my mid-20s, I had acquired a passion for music of the 1970s and fell in love with the Eagles, Rush, Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, Fleetwood Mac. Their music had become a part of me. It had developed into my personal therapeutic outlet and helped to keep me sane during any emotional upheaval that I might have been experiencing. It was then that I realized that the passionate, heartfelt music of Fleetwood Mac captured the very being of my soul and I became entranced. At any point of the day, whether at home or driving in my car, you could catch me listening to any one of their many albums.
One of the crucial components of Amy Tan's "Two Kinds" is her choice of narrator. This narrative voice develops the story by adding to the characters. By using this narrator, Amy Tan allows the story to come alive through the eyes of a child. Jing-Mei, who is the daughter of a Chinese immigrant, paints the picture of her relationship between herself and her overbearing mother. Being the protagonist of the story, Jing-Mei is able to portray what she is going through as the storyteller. This choice of first person narrative allows the audience to look through the eyes of a young Chinese-American girl and take part in her coming of age. If the author chose another character as narrator, the childlike
However, the Grateful Dead had been playing for nearly an hour and a half before the amps overloaded. But it was great. Riley was at a loss for words, and he and the boy next to him couldn’t stop talking about it. In fact, they had talked throughout Creedence Clearwater Revival’s entire set, but they immediately stopped their chatter when it came time to Janis Joplin. Riley focused all of his attention onto the “Queen of Psychedelic Soul”. To him, she was a queen – a very beautiful one at that. His camera was nearly out of film because of her – the boy next to him probably went insane from the click, click, clicking. Someone told him it was about 3 AM now. Riley and his new acquaintance had agreed on sleeping through the next set to save their energy for The Who, because coming from experience, Riley knew he had to be awake for
Many might say that the arts are stereotyped as a pass time or an extracurricular activity; I envision it as a safe haven from stress and anxiety. Throughout the past 8 years, music has played an insurmountable role in my development into the individual I have become today. Through times of disappointment and dissatisfaction, I have always resorted to music as a way to relieve myself, whether it be playing or listening. Music thrives through me, and applies to every day of my life.
Song’s physicality of this personification is not limited to her behavior, she also uses the physical act of sex as another power dynamic over Gallimard. Her portrayal of herself as an inexperienced “modest Chinese girl” (Hwang, 40) gives Gallimard the idea that she is the complete embodiment of his desires. Song uses her fals inexperience as another way for Gallimard to feel confidence and control in their relationship. Song takes this a step further by telling Gallimard that she is capable of pleasing him while still maintaining her modesty. This use of her body without her body is what Gallimard is most fascinated by.
When Queen performs all of the audience’s attention is on the members of Queen. Queen is made up of Freddy Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. The main member that fans adore and most fans know is Freddy Mercury. This is stated in the following quote: “Mercury began by sitting at the piano, playing Queen’s most famous song, strange and gorgeous ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, with the band storming in behind him in majestic stride, and audience of 72,000 singing the lyrics from a seemingly deep-rooted memory, as if this was what they had waited for all day” (Gilmore 1). Freddy Mercury is the lead singer and at the center of the shows that queen puts on. Freddy Mercury is also the member who put in the most work to make the band as famous
My mother was born in 1950 in Brooklyn; she grew up with Beatle-mania and after medical school moved to Greenwich Village to live amongst the beatniks. Thus, growing up listening to The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, I knew one thing to be true: rock ‘n’ roll. These bands have been decisive parts of my transition to adulthood and have followed me throughout my life, coming in and out like crashing waves. I have spent months listening solely to The Beatles in awe of their virtuosity, hoping it will transfer to me. When I moved home back from South Carolina at the end of this summer, I began to have a profound re-obsession with The Velvet Underground. It seems everyone has their story about how this band has influenced them, for me it was a few bars into Rock & Roll. I listened as a young girl to Lou Reed's lyrics: "She started shakin' to that fine fine music, You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll." And I too, felt I found my salvation.
In early 1970 the band Queen was formed. Freddie Mercury on vocals, Brian May on guitar, Roger Taylor on drums and Mike Gross on bass. They had known each other for years. All living in the town of Kensington in Britain, sometimes even living together. Brian and Roger belonged to a band called Smile, and Freddie was a very talented vocalsit playing for the band Ibex. They decided to join forces, to better themselves, and their chances of obtaining fame and fortune. After a few months with only a few gigs Mike Gross left the band. He was replaced by Barry Mitchell, who only played a few gigs with them. After a few short months they were looking for their third bass player. Roger, was at a party one night and was
Think back to the last time you heard your favorite song. You plant your headphones on, close your eyes, and completely immerse yourself in the music. You hang on to every word and every note, enchanted by the passionate vocals and addictive melodies. But have you ever wondered what really goes into making a song? Every Songwriter uses different methods to compose a song. In fact, if you were to type “how to write a song” in a Google search bar, you would get about 685 million results! When it comes to songwriting, the possibilities are endless. After years of trial and error, I’ve come up with a simple, four step process on how to write a song. This process strikes a perfect balance between
“How can I be proud of my Jamaican roots, when my ancestors had been slaves”? This question asked by a woman with Jamaican roots followed British novelist Andrea Levy for a long time. She wondered how anyone could be ashamed of his or her legacy and thus the foundation of her book, The Long Song, was laid. However, writing the book was a more difficult task than presumed. Levy considered many things at the preliminary stage of the book as she knew that she didn’t want to write yet another historical novel about slavery. This is the reason why she chose to write the “behind the scenes”-essay, The Writing of The Long Song. Herein she elaborates and discusses the process of writing her book and raises important