Love Song Analysis

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Love is “an intense feeling of attraction”. This is how Webster’s Dictionary defines love. It is much more complicated than that though, or maybe we just make it out to be more complicated, either way it’s hard to explain. A few words that characterize love for me are sacrifice, safe, comfortable, commitment, selfless, trust, and bond. Love is more than just a word, it’s an action. It is accepting and appreciating someone for who they are regardless of their flaws and trusting that you’ll stick by one another through thick and thin. It’s caring about another person’s well-being and happiness more than your own. There are different ways of expressing your love for another person. There is the romantic love, where there is sexual chemistry and passion, and then there’s also the kind of love you feel for your family or a close friend. Either way its love and its special and we all need it in our lives. The assignment we were given is to analyze love songs from a specific decade. The objective of this is to determine how communication in and about relationships has transformed over the years, as well as to show how standards that define good communication and good relationship has changed. The decade my group got is the 80’s. There was a lot going on in this era. As far as main events that happened, Ronald Reagan became president at the end of the same year that John Lennon was assassinated. (1980) Then in 1981 most everyone that had televisions watched as Lady Diana and Prince Charles had their royal wedding. As far as love goes, this could give everyone’s romance level a little boost! In 1982 Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller’ came out, giving a little taste of what kind of music to expect this decade. To this day that album is still one of the best sellers ever. Compact discs were first released in ’83. Then something tragic, AIDS gets discovered in 1984. Thus all the free love going on in the 70’s comes to an end for most. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened in ’85. Then another disaster, the biggest nuclear disaster known, Chernobyl, USSR, takes place in 1986. I’m not sure what the world our world’s population is today but in ’87 it reached 5 billion. Again, must have been from all the free love going on in the 70’s! Five years after being released, compact discs sell out vinyls for the first time ever in 1988. Last but not least, communism comes to a long overdue end in 1989 when the Berlin Wall falls. Now specifically about music in general, the 80’s had an emergence of pop, dance music, and New Wave. Rock also progressed but the disco music slowly came to an end. MTV also was discovered in the 80’s. When choosing songs for this paper I was thinking about how my analysis would turn out, and I’ve listened to love songs from past decades as well as present day love songs, so in terms of how music has progressed over the years I went into this assignment thinking the 80’s were going to be a mix of it’s past and present years. To elaborate, I think songs from say, the 40’s have a really high level of pure romance in them whereas the 20th century songs really get into a great level of sexual explicitness and start to leave the romance behind. This is where many mistake love for lust. I was told once that lust is the desire for one’s body whereas love is the desire for one’s soul. So in my opinion many of today’s songs are more about lust than love. Back to the 80’s, as I was saying before I went into my analysis thinking that this decade would be a little bit of both of these, kind of merging the romance with more sex and I was right, I heard a little bit of both in them. When we got assigned this paper I was really excited because what better to write about than music? I love music of all types. When people ask me what my favorite type of music is I really don’t have an answer for them. I tell them that I listen to a little bit of everything which is true. And analyzing songs isn’t much more than listening to them and picking them...
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