My Identity And Identity

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Throughout history one of the primary ways that people express their identity is through music. Many components of my identity are important to me, however I have chosen three songs to represent my class background, my sexual orientation, and my nationality. These three facets of my identity are perhaps the most important in defining my sense of self. I feel that the song “In Color” by Jamey Johnson best represents my class identity as someone whose family comes from humble beginnings, yet has worked its way to prosperity. The song centers around the story of a grandson looking through his grandfather’s photo collection. The photos depict times of hardship associated with the harsh economic conditions endured by the lower class in early 20th century America. Lyrics attest that “Times were tough back in '35… A cotton farm, in a great depression… If it looks like we were scared to death, like a couple of kids just trying to save each other, you should've seen it in color,” reflecting that a rise from humble beginnings is possible despite difficult obstacles. My family does not come from a long line of wealth. Just two generations ago all four of my grandparents were of poor farming families. They had little education and were forced to make a living off their hard labor. When they reached adulthood, they made the decision to move to California for better opportunity; after years of diligence they were able to lift themselves into the middle class, providing a better life

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