In our Project, we deducted a research on love expressed in music. As young adults music reaches out to us, and is easy for us to understand and relate to. Brainstorming love, we noticed that books, theater and art, all express love, yet the most intriguing method to express it is music. Music is a very creative manner of expressing love and affection. The rhythm makes it unique and separates from other artistic method. We chose to research questions such as how and which types of love are expressed in songs. It is clear to us that many love songs are about heartbreaks and personal situations. These are all universal feelings, which man and women don’t fully understand. In our project we hope to find out through music about types of love and if the possibility of categorizing it exists. Can love songs change theme throughout different decades? Is it possible for love to mature and change? Moreover, What might be the motive for love song to change their types of love? "The Beatles", served us great example to answer these questions and prove our theories.
"love- a widely misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain" (taken from John Alon Lee's Six types of love). Most of us try to understand it despite the difficulty of the meaning behind it. John Alon Lee , a well known psychologist, explored love and its mysteries which we all desperately wish to understand. In Lee's book of research "the colors of love" he categorizes six different types of love, in order to make it easier for the readers to understand.
The six types of love as described by Lee:
1. Eros- from the Greek word " erotic or passionate"; a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love.
2. Ludus is a game-playing or uncommitted love. Lying is part of the game. A person who pursues ludic love may have many conquests but remains uncommitted..
3. Storge- from the Greek word meaning "friendship" ; an affectionate love that slowly develops from friendship, based on similarity.
4. Pragma- from the Greek word meaning "practical"; love that is driven by the head, not the heart; practical and non- emotional.
5. Mania- from the Greek word meaning "frenzy"; highly volatile love; obsession fueled by low self esteem.
6. Agape- from the Greek word meaning "divine or spiritual"; selfless altruistic love; spiritual; true love
John lee's research assisted us in finding answers to our research questions. Through John lee's research we came across other reliable articles reflecting the information we needed to answer the research questions. Moreover to fully understand the meaning of the love songs we analyzed them by listening to the songs through a record player.
How and Which Types of Love are Expressed in the Beatles Songs
The Three Primary Types of Love
Eros. (RED) Eros love refers to a type of sensual or sexual love. Eros lovers are passionate and romantic and seek out other passionate lovers. They thrive on the tantalizing nature of love and sex. They have an ideal mate in their mind's eye and believe there is only one true love in the world for them. Sexual activity usually occurs early on in the relationship and the sex is passionate and exciting. Once sexual activity takes place, the Eros lover is usually monogamous.
Ludus. (BLUE) This love is playful, flirtatious and carefree. Ludus lovers do not care much about commitment as having fun and being spontaneous. Variety is the spice of life and for them the more partners the better. Ludus lovers do not share intimacy; love for a Ludus person is fun, easy, and nonchalant.
Storge. (YELLOW) This can best be described as "friendship love" or a type of affection that grows over time. Passion and sex are less important than friendship and intimacy. This type of love begins as...
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