Music, Music And Music

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There is no better way to measure how far society has evolved, but through music. It has been a vessel used to evince key emotions when words do not seem to be enough. The dulcet hum of the violin or even the sharp notes from an electric guitar are more than enough to express those intangible, yet impressionable feelings that cannot be fully appreciated through words. However, combine words and music together and the composer has a tool that can awaken a thousand souls all at once.

Over the millenniums, music has had a profound ability to capture revolutionary moments, condemn injustice, and raise hope for change in the future. In particular, music and singing have played an integral role in inspiring, mobilizing, and giving voice to civil rights movements around the world.
‘‘The freedom songs are playing an active and vital role in our struggle, ' ' said Martin Luther King, Jr, during the Albany Movement. ‘‘They give the people new courage and a sense of unity. I think they keep alive a faith, a radiant hope, in the future, particularly in our most trying hours '." Or as Folk Singer Phil Ochs once said, "one good song with a message is capable of bringing across a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies."

However, fast track to the modern era, and more infrequent are the antiwar sentiments of artists like Bob Dylan of the USA, or the government-challenging and anti-apartheid lyrics of musicians like South Africa 's Miriam Makeba. The exchange of such…

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