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The note that music plays in our everyday life is not thought of on a regular basis. Some people may never ever think about how music can effect our moods, our thoughts or our temperaments. Music can make one feel happy, sad, reflective, angry, passionate, foolish and spiritual. I don't believe that there is a human emotion that can not be effected or altered by music. There are a lot of people who believe that music is unimportant, that it is only for the young at heart or a waste of time. I find that these same narrow minded people do not find any of the fine arts to be of any value at all. Music has been around since the beginning of recorded history of man. Early example of this can be found in the Bible. One of the most read and beloved books of the Bible is Psalms. Psalms means praises or songs of praises. There are one hundred and fifty Psalms in this collection; they are credited to various authors. King David wrote the majority of the Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, with a total of seventy three. The Psalms have been extremely popular as they reflect experiences common to the human race. They express the personal feelings of gratitude, attitude, emotions and interest in each other. As one reads them you can see that the purpose varies with each chapter. Some Psalms are petitions to God, praise and thanksgiving are common themes, as in reflection and forgiveness. A poet writes words that describes his thoughts or feelings. A music artist writes these same thoughts and feelings then sets them into music. One doesn't have to have a great voice, play an instrument or have any knowledge of notes to connect with a song. Of course music is subjective and what one person likes another may not like at all, maybe even hate it. It may make them nervous, irritated or even sleepy. Most people know right away if a song is liked or not. Even small children know what they like; they may not know why, but it touches them in some way. Children seem to like short, upbeat, rhyming songs. This has not been lost of the advertising companies who market their product with catchy jingles aimed at getting their attention (Whitern 171). It has been said that, "Music can sooth the savage soul." I believe this to be half true. For as much as a song can sooth one, it also irritates one. There are several songs that call one to bring an end to injustice or to be counted. One song that comes to mind is Bob Marley's song, Stand Up. It says, "Get up, stand up; stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up; don't give up the fight." Here Mr. Marley is using his feelings to call people o do what's right, to hold fast and to stay the course till the end. Anger is another emotion that music can bring out in people. There are a lot of songs that artist express their hurt and pain with words. I'm reminded of Johnny Cash, Cash is a legend in country and rock circles. His music often sounds the same, but each song has a meaning all its own. Cash easily goes from expressing dark anger like "I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die" (Folsom Prison Blues) to regret "now I'm stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps dragging on". His poetry of words covers everything from loneliness, infidelity, adventure, and silliness, often all in the same song. For instance the song "A boy named Sue" in this song he discovers his anger at his father for naming him Sue and is set on hurting him for it, only to forgive him and make amends in the end when he finds out the reason his dad named him Sue. Johnny Cash died last year and his fans will miss him greatly. For almost 50 years he has shared the deeps of his soul with the world in song. One of his trademarks was always wearing black. He wrote a song expressing his desire to remind the world that people all over are hurting, for gather and line will out hope. His song states that "as long as these things are left unchanged or unnoticed that somebody needs to stand out front and remind the world, because of this his nick name became "The Man in Black." (Guterman131). Hope is a huge theme in music there must be thousands of examples of hope. So many hyms are songs of hope, yearning for the affection, looking forward to the day they see the face of Jesus and God. As Christians they take this belief very seriously, take the experience from the bible. "Speaking to yourselves in Pslams, hymns and spiritual songs. Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord Epheseans"5:20 - Colossians 3:16 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Pslams and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." In epistle of James he tells the followers of Christ, "Is any merry? Let him sing Pslams. James 5:13. Of course hope is not the only theme that songs of praise are about, there is the underlying theme of line through-out most hymns. Never ending love of God, the love that Christ had for man kind the love of your fellow humans. Some song admonish you for having love of what is not yours of earthly pleasure or warning of not loving as you should. Songs are about love, love that is everlasting, love that's gone wrong love that is giving to somebody else, the list goes on and on. One song that comes to mind is hat great rhythm and blues song sung by blues singer Jamesetta Hawkins, a.k.a. Etta James."( Guterman 122) At last" Here she sings with such tenderness and happiness that finally she has what she has always hopped for. "At last my love has come along my lonely days are gone." Life is like a song, the skies alone are blue my heart is wrapped up in clover and life is like a song.' She ends the song triumphantly comparing there line to heaven. This song has been use by a lot of people as their wedding song; surprisingly this song was never in the top 100 billboard charts. Billboards top 100 magazine hot charts has been a weekly publication since August 1958. It has long been regarded as the definitive weekly ranking of America's most popular singles in sales and airplay. Despair is also a common thought though out music, hopelessness is expressed with such word that one can not help but feel what the writer is saying. Some artists are so adapt at expressing themselves that you feel exactly what they are revealing. Kris Kristofferson is one such poet. Several of his songs have touched millions of people songs like "Sunday Morning coming down, help me make it thru the night and", and "Me and Bobby McGee" have all made it on the top charts (Erlewine et al, 417). In "Me and Bobby McGee" made popular by Janice Joplin tells the story of understanding love it starts with the despairing words of "busted flat in batten rough waiting for a train feeling nearly faded as my jeans" the decrypted words paint a picture of hopelessness, poverty and despair, the song goes on to say that with his partner (Bobby McGee) that "feeling good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the blues and feeling good was good enough for me. The song picks up in the middle with hope and ends in loving as he laminates that Bobby has left "looking for that home and I hope he finds it, and with deep regret." "I would trade all of my tomorrows, Lord for one single yesterday of holding Bobby's next to mine." Still another form of emotion that music creates is memory. Since the beginning of time people have used songs as a way of recording their history. They sing about important times of their lives. People that influenced them whatever it was for good or bad. They would pass their songs down from generation to the next so those to come would remember and use songs for memory from a early age. Beginning with country songs or learning your ABC's. Catchy little songs stay on our minds and singing them helps us retain our knowledge. Other forms help us learn about certain dates and places in history. Johnny Horton, a country music center of the late 1950's and 1960's used this format to inspire the mood of the country. He sang songs like, North to Alaska, that taught us the gold rush to Alaska in the late 1800's and Sink the Bismarck, reminded us of the largest battleship built and the importance that it had on world war 2. In one such song he used humor to recall the Battle of New Orleans and the War of 1812. We learn that Andrew Jackson's nickname was Old Hickory and that we "fought the bloody British". Mr. Horton was also dedicated to scoring songs that were sentimental, patriotic tributes, like, Johnny Freedom, Young Abraham Lincoln and Custer's Last stand. (Guterman. 111) Patriotic songs have long been used to bring us to attention to our duty as citizens. The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless America are just a few that comes to mind. They inspire us and remind us and lead our hearts to rejoice in the freedom that we enjoy so much. There are so many songs out there that touch our lives and have the power to bring us to our knees or to sore to heights beyond our imagination. Songs that redefine our thoughts, which call us to action, words that take us to the deepest darkest places of our souls and return us to the sunshine. Music is around us daily, not always does music affect us one way or the other. We hear it in the stores, on elevators, on TV., driving in the car, other people humming or singing. When we do listen and reflect on what is being said, I don't believe there is a single emotion that can not be effected. As I stated earlier, music is subjective, every person interprets each song differently and can feel the complete opposite of another's interpretations. These samples that I've used do not even begin to breech the tip of the iceberg of what is out there; they are songs that come to mind, along with numerous others. My hope of writing this essay is that you will look at music a little differently and have a deeper respect of the poets that have penned the words that influence of the joys and sorrows of our lives.
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              The note that music plays in our everyday life is not thought of on a regular basis. Some people may never ever think about how music can effect our moods, our thoughts or our temperaments. Music can make one feel happy, sad, reflective, angry, passionate, foolish and spiritual. I don't believe that there is a human emotion that can not be effected or altered by music. There are a lot of people who believe that music is unimportant, that it is only for the young at heart or a waste of time. I find that these same narrow minded people do not find any of the fine arts to be of any value at all.
             
              Music has been around since the beginning of recorded history of man. Early example of this can be found in the Bible. One of the most read and beloved books of the Bible is Psalms. Psalms means praises or songs of praises. There are one hundred and fifty Psalms in this collection; they are credited to various authors. King David wrote the majority of the Psalms found in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible, with a total of seventy three. The Psalms have been extremely popular as they reflect experiences common to the human race. They express the personal feelings of gratitude, attitude, emotions and interest in each other. As one reads them you can see that the purpose varies with each chapter. Some Psalms are petitions to God, praise and thanksgiving are common themes, as in reflection and forgiveness.
             
              A poet writes words that describes his thoughts or feelings. A music artist writes these same thoughts and feelings then sets them into music. One doesn't have to have a great voice, play an instrument or have any knowledge of notes to connect with a song. Of course music is subjective and what one person likes another may not like at all, maybe even hate it. It may make them nervous, irritated or even sleepy. Most people know right away if a song is liked or not. Even small children know what they like; they may not know why, but it touches them in some way. Children seem to like short, upbeat, rhyming songs. This has not been lost of the advertising companies who market their product with catchy jingles aimed at getting their attention (Whitern 171).
             
              It has been said that, "Music can sooth the savage soul. " I believe this to be half true. For as much as a song can sooth one, it also irritates one. There are several songs that call one to bring an end to injustice or to be counted. One song that comes to mind is Bob Marley's song, Stand Up. It says, "Get up, stand up; stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up; don't give up the fight. " Here Mr. Marley is using his feelings to call people o do what's right, to hold fast and to stay the course till the end.
             
              Anger is another emotion that music can bring out in people. There are a lot of songs that artist express their hurt and pain with words. I'm reminded of Johnny Cash, Cash is a legend in country and rock circles. His music often sounds the same, but each song has a meaning all its own. Cash easily goes from expressing dark anger like "I shot a man in Reno, Just to watch him die" (Folsom Prison Blues) to regret "now I'm stuck in Folsom Prison, and time keeps dragging on". His poetry of words covers everything from loneliness, infidelity, adventure, and silliness, often all in the same song. For instance the song "A boy named Sue" in this song he discovers his anger at his father for naming him Sue and is set on hurting him for it, only to forgive him and make amends in the end when he finds out the reason his dad named him Sue. Johnny Cash died last year and his fans will miss him greatly. For almost 50 years he has shared the deeps of his soul with the world in song. One of his trademarks was always wearing black. He wrote a song expressing his desire to remind the world that people all over are hurting, for gather and line will out hope. His song states that "as long as these things are left unchanged or unnoticed that somebody needs to stand out front and remind the world, because of this his nick name became "The Man in Black. " (Guterman131).
             
              Hope is a huge theme in music there must be thousands of examples of hope. So many hyms are songs of hope, yearning for the affection, looking forward to the day they see the face of Jesus and God. As Christians they take this belief very seriously, take the experience from the bible. "Speaking to yourselves in Pslams, hymns and spiritual songs. Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord Epheseans"5: 20 - Colossians 3: 16 - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Pslams and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. " In epistle of James he tells the followers of Christ, "Is any merry? Let him sing Pslams. James 5: 13. Of course hope is not the only theme that songs of praise are about, there is the underlying theme of line through-out most hymns. Never ending love of God, the love that Christ had for man kind the love of your fellow humans. Some song admonish you for having love of what is not yours of earthly pleasure or warning of not loving as you should. Songs are about love, love that is everlasting, love that's gone wrong love that is giving to somebody else, the list goes on and on.
             
              One song that comes to mind is hat great rhythm and blues song sung by blues singer Jamesetta Hawkins, a. k. a. Etta James. "( Guterman 122) At last" Here she sings with such tenderness and happiness that finally she has what she has always hopped for. "At last my love has come along my lonely days are gone. " Life is like a song, the skies alone are blue my heart is wrapped up in clover and life is like a song. ' She ends the song triumphantly comparing there line to heaven. This song has been use by a lot of people as their wedding song; surprisingly this song was never in the top 100 billboard charts. Billboards top 100 magazine hot charts has been a weekly publication since August 1958. It has long been regarded as the definitive weekly ranking of America's most popular singles in sales and airplay.
             
              Despair is also a common thought though out music, hopelessness is expressed with such word that one can not help but feel what the writer is saying. Some artists are so adapt at expressing themselves that you feel exactly what they are revealing. Kris Kristofferson is one such poet. Several of his songs have touched millions of people songs like "Sunday Morning coming down, help me make it thru the night and", and "Me and Bobby McGee" have all made it on the top charts (Erlewine et al, 417). In "Me and Bobby McGee" made popular by Janice Joplin tells the story of understanding love it starts with the despairing words of "busted flat in batten rough waiting for a train feeling nearly faded as my jeans" the decrypted words paint a picture of hopelessness, poverty and despair, the song goes on to say that with his partner (Bobby McGee) that "feeling good was easy Lord when Bobby sang the blues and feeling good was good enough for me. The song picks up in the middle with hope and ends in loving as he laminates that Bobby has left "looking for that home and I hope he finds it, and with deep regret. " "I would trade all of my tomorrows, Lord for one single yesterday of holding Bobby's next to mine. "
             
              Still another form of emotion that music creates is memory. Since the beginning of time people have used songs as a way of recording their history. They sing about important times of their lives. People that influenced them whatever it was for good or bad. They would pass their songs down from generation to the next so those to come would remember and use songs for memory from a early age. Beginning with country songs or learning your ABC's. Catchy little songs stay on our minds and singing them helps us retain our knowledge. Other forms help us learn about certain dates and places in history. Johnny Horton, a country music center of the late 1950's and 1960's used this format to inspire the mood of the country. He sang songs like, North to Alaska, that taught us the gold rush to Alaska in the late 1800's and Sink the Bismarck, reminded us of the largest battleship built and the importance that it had on world war 2. In one such song he used humor to recall the Battle of New Orleans and the War of 1812. We learn that Andrew Jackson's nickname was Old Hickory and that we "fought the bloody British". Mr. Horton was also dedicated to scoring songs that were sentimental, patriotic tributes, like, Johnny Freedom, Young Abraham Lincoln and Custer's Last stand. (Guterman. 111)
             
              Patriotic songs have long been used to bring us to attention to our duty as citizens. The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless America are just a few that comes to mind. They inspire us and remind us and lead our hearts to rejoice in the freedom that we enjoy so much. There are so many songs out there that touch our lives and have the power to bring us to our knees or to sore to heights beyond our imagination. Songs that redefine our thoughts, which call us to action, words that take us to the deepest darkest places of our souls and return us to the sunshine.
             
              Music is around us daily, not always does music affect us one way or the other. We hear it in the stores, on elevators, on TV. , driving in the car, other people humming or singing. When we do listen and reflect on what is being said, I don't believe there is a single emotion that can not be effected. As I stated earlier, music is subjective, every person interprets each song differently and can feel the complete opposite of another's interpretations.
             
              These samples that I've used do not even begin to breech the tip of the iceberg of what is out there; they are songs that come to mind, along with numerous others. My hope of writing this essay is that you will look at music a little differently and have a deeper respect of the poets that have penned the words that influence of the joys and sorrows of our lives.
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