When society looks back at a decade, “the 80s” for example, the music of that time is what most clearly defines it. Music is an international language, a way to communicate, to spread a message. Two influential artists or bands I will discuss throughout this paper are The Beatles and Michael Jackson.
In the 90’s, the concept of music was a huge explosion compared to previous years, though there were many more acts of creativity. Primarily, music played a huge part in society as apposed to other decades.
Music has described and impacted our culture as far back as we can record. From ballads to hip hop, music has not only told stories about the singer, but also, and perhaps more importantly, about the time as well. The 1960 's was a time known for it 's anti-war movement and it 's drive for sex, while the 1990 's became an era of nostalgia (especially for the current adult generation) and melancholy ballads only subdued by birth of "bubblegum pop." In our current century, music has become a forefront for young adult 's emotions. In this essay, I will contrast how young adult views on politics, sexuality, and the future impacted the music of the 1960 's and the 1990 's.
Music comes in a lot of different genres (forms) such as “popular music” (pop), rhythm and blues (R&B), classical music, jazz, country, blues, rock and roll to the most recent music rap music. All these forms have their starting points and I aim to familiarize you with some of these genres and their roots. Their history to present time. After studying these different genres, I’ve come to realizes they all have some similarities and some quite obvious differences. Also how they started from each other in some situations. As we go on this journey I’ll explain in light detail what music has meant to the growth of Americans and the growth of me. I wish I could give you the entire history, but there isn’t enough paper it write it all down on. They say music calms the “savage beast”, and it is a true statement, but I’m here to let you know that it does a lot more than that. It entertains the entire world, and without it, it’s hard to image the state of our planet.
I now realise that the Arts, including music, creates opportunities to engage, inspire and enrich our lives. Music making and responding can challenge, provoke responses and enrich our knowledge and understanding of ourselves, our communities and the world.
What is music? Denotatively speaking, music is sounds combined in such a way to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Music to me is something that I rely on to get me through everything, it is the thing that has shaped me into the person I am today. But, if I asked you how many symphonies Beethoven had written, could you tell me? To be blunt, probably not. Not only is this a problem with people today, it is a recurring problem with our youth. In Daniel Felsenfeld’s essay “Rebel Music,” he explains the fault in our youth when it comes to being musically cultured. Throughout his essay he acknowledges how he was a stereotypical teenager who just listened to whatever was on KROQ. However, he also talks about how he changed and cultured himself, unlike all of his peers. In his essay, Felsenfeld proves his message that younger generations are musically uncultured through his use of allusions, connotative diction, and critical tone.
Music is a very powerful expression of emotions that come together as a whole to morph your psychological feelings into a sub-reality vision. Over the many years, history has been able to capture the moments at which music has made an impact on human lives. We can start with Manu Chao the artist that sings about left-wing messages and portrays his concerts as “collective therapy”. Or Juan Gabriel the young man that rose out of poverty to become the world’s most beloved artist/songwriter and whose music carried a resonate flamboyant style. Music is a way of communication that is used in many realms such as entertainment, tradition religion and sporting events. So far this semester, Chic 316 has influenced me to seek a more coherent relationship
The picture I have chosen to write my essay on is by Mary Calvert, a former Washington Times photographer and currently a photo journalist that focuses on humanitarian issues that many individuals ignore. This picture is of a women named Melissa Bania standing in front of a footbridge across from Naval Station San Diego while holding a banner that tells the story of her rape. She was raped in August of 2009 by a friend in the Military and now suffers from emotional issues while the man who raped her remains in the military without any charges. This photograph brings light to the issue of sexual assault against women in the US military and is in black and white to represent the dark and tragic topic.
In cultures all over the world, music can be seen encompassing many aspects of life for many individuals. It is a form of mass communication that"speaks directly to society as a cultural form", and often reflects a collection and pattern of personal experiences (King 19). Music is so influential because it communicates on three different levels: the physical, emotional, and cognitive. Not only does it operate in a nondiscursive way, by affecting the physiological mode of the body, causing one to move and dance, but it also encourages one to think. This paper will explore music as a form of protest; showing how a political message, in general form, is presented through music.
This memorial is very effective in the way the message and symbols are presented. The memorial emphasizes the United States’ side of the war and how it affected the country. The ways the illustrations are depicted are accurate in a sense that it only shows the effects it had to the U.S through symbolism. The way nationalism is used though the symbols are directly connected to the war and the nationalism that is emphasized in that setting. The layout and design is used to help build that intensifying persuasion. Persuasion can be found in many different ways an in the case of this memorial, it is found through the symbols, layout, and materials used to put the WWII memorial together.
The next pieces of art were made with commemorative intentions, so that we not only fail to forget our history for better or for worst, but also to give thanks to those who have sacrificed themselves in the name of what they were fighting for. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial constructed in 1980-1982 and made out of Black granite, was designed by a student name Maya Lin. This controversial wall Bears the names of 60,000 American servicemen and women who died or are missing from the time of the war. These names were cleverly engraved down chronological order by year of death/missing. The memorial has influenced many other public memorials, despite the fact many were against it in the beginning. Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West depicts the military battle of 1759 in which the British Army defeated the French in a struggle for control of the Canadian portion of North America. The general, James Wolfe died on the battlefield just as his troop’s secured victory. His death represented the idea of patriotic self-sacrifice. This painting was also a controversial piece because of the wardrobe choice the artist decided to depict the “heroes” in. What really strikes me those most in this painting is the background. There is a billowing of smoke that seems to encompass almost half of the canvas, however the light from the midday sun looks as if it is starting to shine through. This could represent the victory of the battle or the Gods coming to lay General Wolfe to rest. You can also see that all the men surrounding General Wolfe are turned his way or even blatantly pointing. This draws the viewer to Wolfe’s fallen form even despite the fact that there is so much more surrounding him. Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware honors George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. This act was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces
One provoking example was taken in Nicaragua in 1978: a young women escaping and barely able to hold a little naked boy while carrying a heavy bag- the caption says “Fleeing the bombing to seek refuge outside of Esteli, Nicaragua, Sep. 20, 1978”. Please see figure 3. In addition to many other provoking examples of similar nature; hopeless people, who don’t need a lens following them in that critical and most difficult time of their
Set against the backdrop of World War II and its aftermath, the episode examines how photographers dealt with dramatic and tragic events like D-Day, the Holocaust and Hiroshima, and the questions their often extraordinary pictures raise about history as seen
Photographs, drawings, cartoons and videos cover significant political matters. Photojournalists such as Lynsey Addario present critical political issues that affect the world today. In her book, It’s What I Do, she presents scenes surrounding the fall of prominent political leaders such as Muammar el-Qaddafi. The pictures on pages 4 and 5 of her book, for instance, show the struggles that the rebels went through in their quest to dethrone Qaddafi. She quotes Robert Capa, who once said, “ ‘ If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough’ ” (Lynsey 7) which shows that photographs are significant in the world of journalism. A video such as “Shouting In The Dark” reveals the heinous acts done by the government of Bahrain towards its own citizens. In the video, we see the brutal force used by the government to silence the peaceful protesters. People were beaten, shot, imprisoned, and killed.
The role of music in society can be best imagined when one thinks of a world without music. Music serves as a personal