Friday, October 11, 2013

The meaning of music (Original)

         We hear it all the time but we never stop to think, what does it all
    really mean? Is it something we throw on just to pass the time or help
    us get into our grove Friday through Saturday night? You might be
surprised if you actually sat down to think about it. Music is much more than just
    rhythms, vocals and melodies. I spoke with a variety of different people to
   help illustrate the meaning of music and how it effects each of us as individuals.

Kevin J. Dobreff, GRCC music professor, "Music is a language with no specific meanings, allowing everyone to bring their own life experience to the interpretation of the music."

      Lisa Kacos, 28, GRCC music professor,

    "Music is a passion or hobby and also and escape for many."

      Tyler Phillips, 22, Producer,

    "Music is something that can be interpreted very emotionally and that's
    probably why I love music so much, because I relate with peoples
    emotion that they're trying to portray through there music."

     Sarah Apol, 27, Musician,

    "Music is a means to express feelings that you can't with words."

    Hannah Scholten, 19, Musician,

    "Music is a way of expression and publicly performing and displaying an art
    that is creative."

    Sean Smith, 22,

    "Music is sound interpretation, just being able to take that time
     out and to escape."

       Music is powerful and can change in meaning depending on who you ask.
    What doesn't change is it's effect. Music is a mood amplifier. Think
    about a time when you have had a certain feeling and you put on some
    music that helped you to either relax, energize or be touched to the
    point of tears. A dance party with no music would be pretty boring
    don't you think? Try dancing without a rhythm going in a room full of
    people and you will see the atmosphere change very quickly. What if
    you didn't have those headphones on your ears while jogging that
    excruciating six miles? Would you still feel as motivated? Music 
   can definitely make the difference.

          Just as music can effect our moods, our moods can effect the music we
    listen to. The average person would most likely say they listen to
music if it sounds good. But what sounds good at a certain point in time may 
not sound as good if it doesn't fit the mood. Imagine listening to a heavy metal rock 
song about mosh pitting with loud guitar solos or a rap song about dancing in the
   club with a loud bass rhythm while trying to romantically express your
   feelings to your true love; somethings out of place in this picture (normally).
    In such a setting, a smooth emotional type of song would fit the mood
    much better. Most of what a person listens to is based on how they
    feel at that particular moment.


        Perhaps one of the most powerful effects of music is it's ability to
    take us back in time. Certain songs we listen to can make us feel
    that emotion all over again.

Kevin J. Dobreff
"Our senses are amazing and can trigger many kinds of memories. I'm
sure that you have experienced a certain smell that triggers a memory;
music works in the same way for us. The aural perception of the music
will take you back to an event which was associated with that music. I
can still remember the music that was played at my first middle-school
dance and when I hear it the time travel is very surprising"

 Zaire Hopkins, 25,

    "The song 'Nothing even matters' by Lauryn Hill, it takes me back to
    a time where I was in love, I really felt like that when listing. I think it does
    this because when I hear the lyrics in the song I can relate them back
    to that time when the connection between me and that person was

    Philip Huinh, 21,

    "The song 'When I was your man' by Bruno Mars, it takes me back to
    my first ex-girl friend she was my first love. That emotion from the past comes
    out from that song. I dated her for about 5 or 6 months and then I
    fell in love with her..things got worse after that. But for the
    first six months it was great."

    Julian Turley, 20,

     "A song called 'Cartoons and cereal' by Kendrick Lamar, it just
    takes me back to Saturday mornings watching cartoons and eating some frosted flakes.
    Just being young and not really knowing what's happening in the world."

         Music is the source of each of our rhythms. No matter how we respond
    to it, it's something we can all understand. The universal language
    that passes beyond boundaries of social constructs and barriers, something
    all can relate to. That is what music is, how it makes us feel
    determines it's meaning.

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