Music in Our Everyday Lives

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Our everyday lives are affected by music. People listen to it in the car, while grocery shopping, in the movies, at home, and practically anywhere else possible. There are many different types and styles of music, the most influential being Hip-Hop/Rap music, followed by Rock and Roll. Music is often a mood-altering device used to make the listener feel a sense of belonging, happiness, or sorrow. The different genres of music can be used to describe a certain group of people, whether it be by clothing, style, attitude, or sometimes ones social class. Hip-Hop/Rap music is believed to have the most influence on the way a listener of that genre, acts and carries on their life. (Lommel 244) Music is more than a sound. It's a way of life, a way of expressing one's inner emotions, feelings and thoughts. Many songs express deep emotions like anger, sadness, love and happiness. The words of a song can express feelings thoroughly, therefore giving the youth of today's society a concept to grasp, as they begin to relate their lives to the works of their favorites musicians Our first reliable music records came from the Romans. Americans musical history is very short when compared to Japan, India, Africa, and China. Music wasn't written down and recorded until around roughly 590-604 A.D. when the earliest musicians began to make records and notes, the first songs appear as biblical music, most likely used in churches and holy practices (Krasilovsky/Schemel 391). Music varies greatly around the world; mostly because of the diverse culture of the areas music is most prominent around the world. Africa's culture is very different from that of America's; therefore the musical influences and styles are much different. Music has become increasingly popular with the youth of America during the past fifty years. Teenagers are constantly looking for a sense of belonging in the world, and music can often be a healthy escape, often trying different types of music, before one...
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