Music Has An Acute Effect On People

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Music has an acute effect on people. It has the power and versatility to make people feel contempt and miserable. This versatility makes it popular among people, as there are a wide variety of moods displayed in music that can reflect the listeners well being. Jazz has been an extremely popular form of music throughout time. Its interesting melodies and meaningful lyrics give voice to artists to display their emotions through beauteous music. During its heyday in the 1920’s, jazz singing was a landscape of the American sound (Carr 9). Being a jazz singer, Billie Holiday deserves to be put on the list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Not only for her being in the general population of influential jazz musicians, but because her feats in life individualize her as an inspiration for all Americans. Of the wide variety of Holiday’s influential accomplishments, her greatest aspects were the effect of her lasting unique voice and jazz on her audiences, her rough upbringing from poverty and abuse, and her innovative use of music for political and social reform.
No person could ever recreate her immaculate voice, Holiday was not only recognized, but adored by all for her remarkable voice. It was unique in the way that “she made sudden octave jumps and landed on high notes that other singers would have missed by a mile and sung out of tune… And she punctuated her songs with surprising staccato chirps. No other singer did that” (Gourse Billie 8). Holiday went…
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