July 19, 2010
Essay # 1
The Power of Music
The high pitched sound of a violin, the deep thump of a bass drum, the sultry voice of a singer, or the powerful words of a lyricist – all of these show the power of music. Music can cheer you up when you are sad or calm you down when you are excited or anxious. Music has the power to change your mood, trigger great memories, and is a powerful form of expression. Music is also universal and is one of the strongest and oldest art forms that stretches across cultures, races, and religions.
Music can change your mood. Think about the last time you had a bad day at work. You probably listened to a song in the car on your way home, or put on the stereo to unwind when you got home. Whatever song your heard made you move on from your bad day. It improved your mood. Think about the last time you exercised. You were tired, you were not in the mood to work out, but you put on your iPod and let the music get you in the zone. Music has the power to change your mood from said to happy, or to create a mood altogether. Music can trigger great memories. Think about a major event in your life. It almost always involves a song or lyrics that trigger the memory for you. Your first dance, your high school prom, joyriding in your first car, holidays with your family, music is a part of all of these moments. For me, it’s the Temptations Christmas Album. I can almost smell the pine from the Christmas tree and the sweetness of the egg nog. I can see my mother cooking dinner and the bright boxes under the tree. For me it’s Michael Jackson, with a red zipper jacket, penny loafers, and white glove. This makes me think of my childhood, hanging out with my friends, laughing after school. Music played a part in each of these experiences and milestones.
Music is expression. Music is art. Think about Miles Davis blowing his horn for hours, honing his craft and coming up with sounds no one had ever heard before...
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