is the constant in the world, whether
its a new guitar riff or a new band
trying to live off what they can get and
make it to the top, it will be there with
us to float on.
Bach to Van Halen, music has been apart of everyday
life and helps people deal with the trials and
tribulations that life brings. The struggles are
played out in song and the pain can be felt by
anyone who listens.
person can hear a piece of music and can get a
different message about what is being said,
sometimes its death, sometimes its life and
sometimes its the everyday man dealing with
the struggles of providing for his family.
also shows us the thoughts and feelings of the day.
Whether it is a corrupt foreign policy or a message
of equality, it can be heard in the notes of each
instrument that comes together to create the
soul can be seen in music, the composer lays down
the framework for what he sees as truly what is
hidden within his souls depths. Music is the
epitome of what represents mankinds current
struggles, mind set and inner soul.
struggles of mankind can be physical, mental or
spiritual. A lot of physical struggles include the
common man roaming all day and night on the box
cars because he is too poor to do anything else,
such as a lot of songs in the 1930's. Present day
physical struggles include the fight for equality
and the fight for justice among all people.
like System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine
have taken this style to new levels singing about
politics and being active in campaigns for ideas of
equality. The mental struggle can be seen in bands
like Alexisonfire and Atreyu. Spiritual music can
be seen in gospel and metal, through the lyrical
content and the way that the music is put together.
defines itself through notes as each note is
played. The notes could be melodic or harmonic and
just this simple change in structure could
ultimately change the overall warmth and feeling
received from those notes. These two types contrast
each other in a way that is good versus evil; bands
like slayer throw down religion like it is a
plague. Black Metal, which is a sub genre of metal,
is based around the anti religion theme.
music can affect our souls in negative and positive
ways depending on what side of the fence you're on,
but it doesnt necessarily have to be about
religion. During the Vietnam war, music was played
while the troops were heading into battle to calm
them down and get them pumped up for the pending
battles ahead. Though the struggles of man are told
through song, the mind set of man is hidden in its
background, where you have to be patient and listen
closely to what is being said to
mind set can be seen through music, by race, by
religion and even by gender. You can see what each
subset of humanity is feeling. By race we see that
there is rap, rock, metal, and world music which to
Canadians means that its just everything else
outside of the predisposed genres.
song shows us how each type of music affects a
certain race, or shows how it feels by its own
medium. Each style is based off of the area, past
and cultural roots. For Black Sabbath their music
spoke to the working man and is the sound of the
city which they are from.
religion, gospel music and hymns represent what
they see as hailing Jesus and God. Even with gender
there is music that separates us, maybe a boy band
or maybe opera, although a lot of the time these
are just stereotypes. But even with all that
separates us through styles and how we listen to
music, music is still a common factor that unites
us all in the struggle for something better or
causes our imaginations to run wild.
inner soul of man can be heard in music everyday
when someone pours out their feelings and their
state of mind into music. Bands like Nine inch
nails deal with moral dilemmas, drug addictions,
and even sex and is significant because many can
identify with the themes presented; this can be
heard in the song Mr. Self Destruct
where Trent Reznor names off many vices and the
following line after each of them is, And I
is saying that man is controlled by his wants and
those that pleasure him and can't escape. These are
the vices and inner workings of mankind, and
amazingly can be told through song. With music like
rap, greed seems to be something prevalent and how
you need to have a nice car and big house. But of
course this is a generalization of a genre, as
there is also the speech of standing up for your
rights and making sure that life is okay.
course, there is also metal which deals with the
thoughts of death and even monsters exploding from
your body. There are also dealings with the devil,
but not necessarily from a Satanist point of
view-more of the idea that we just want to know
more and see him as we would on a day like
Halloween. Rock and a lot of its sub genre deal
with everyday life, just trying to deal with life
as its handed to us.
people see music as just something that people just
listen to and that teenagers take too seriously.
But for some, it is their heart and soul and helps
them deal with each day of life. It also helps some
people concentrate and keep in mind what is
important to them.
is the constant in the world, whether its a
new guitar riff or a new band trying to live off
what they can get and make it to the top, it will
be there with us to float on. All we want to do is
try and be who we were meant to be, and learn what
was meant to be learnt, and someday say we did
something important and thank music for helping us
reach that goal.
Good Ol' Days
Dog I Teased
Last Days for My
Time Being a Big
on My Eyelid
Where's My Mommy
- Sandy and Thomas Peters