2/10/2018 0 Comments
Cracked Blue I-pod
This is something I wrote in high school about a piece of technology that mattered to me. I wrote about my old I-pod and what music meant to me.
My little blue I-pod has a crack on the top left corner, but it doesn’t take away the sentimental value. Music was introduced many, many years ago, and it has changed from different stages to where it is now. We interpret music in various ways, whether it’s by actual instruments or by using the sounds in your mouth. There are a lot of different genres of music such as Pop, Country, Hip-hop, Electronica, Techno, Rap, and so on. Music is a way to escape, flowing out of reality and into the notes and/or beats of a song. Technology has evolved the way we create and listen to music by making it possible to drag and drop different beats on a computer, or sharing a music video on Facebook.
Getting lost in the story the artist created with a few drum booms here or the strike of a violin is amazing. This piece of technology is something I cherish and use every day. The music inspires me when I’m out of ideas, and cheers me up when I’m down. Without this I-pod, the world would be a very silent and boring place for me. Imagine a world without music. I don’t even think that is possible. It’s everywhere, birds chirping a song high in the air, or whales belting out, deep in the waters. But I think I’m getting off topic.
Once I plug the ear phones into my ears, and the music begins, I’m transported into another world. I am now someone else, in a brand new story each time. I am the song. Experiencing music firsthand is a special thing, feeling the vibes in your body, in your soul, in your mind. It puts you in a mood that is unable to leave you days after you listen to the song. It sounds crazy, but it’s not. Ask any lover of music, they’ll tell you. Using the variety of music production programs makes it possible for you to become the artist. My I-pod is my favorite piece of technology, and it drives me to try and make a song of my own. Now you are the artist with the ability to create a story. You ca include your own adventures and hardships that you went through.
The 21st Century is ever growing in new inventions. Every year it’s a new version, and if you don’t have it, you are not “in”. What is important to me is the music. The outdated I-pod wrapped up in my pocket gives me exactly that. I’m not one to fret over materialistic things, but this has a special place in my heart. It’s not just an out dated, cracked blue I-pod; it’s a big chunk of my life.
*Photo by Sai Kiran Anagani on Unsplash
12/16/2017 0 Comments
What is Music?
The smell of marijuana was in the air mixed with a thundering bass, and staggering people intoxicated with alcohol and emotion...
I went to a Jhené Aiko concert a couple nights ago and it was amazing! It was my first concert ever and it left a great impression on me. My best friend and I sat at the very top, but we could see the stage clearly. Jhené Aiko, who has a beautiful voice, created psychedelic art visuals with colorful lights and even had a harpist with fairy wings playing on stage! The feeling is different when listening to an artist in your home and in person at a concert. It’s as if I crossed the line between time and space. Her message in the music became real when standing there with hundreds of other people singing along with her. When I came home, it felt weird to listen to her music. She was no longer a voice in my ears, but a real human being with a personality, a life, and actual struggles. Her lyrics turned into reality.
Because of that, I am sharing a revised essay I wrote on music in my Music Composition class in high school adding in my experience from the concert. There were three questions we needed to answer, what is music, why is it powerful, and what is the musical experience.
Music was introduced many, many years ago, and it has evolved from various stages to where it is now. It started with Mozart writing "Twinkle Twinkle" at five years old, to Michael Jackson using his active and live dance songs to bring people on their feet. Music can make you feel, help you heal, and tell you a story about someone’s life. It has evolved in terms of sound and production, but the meaning and use has stayed relatively the same. Music is interpreted in many ways, whether it’s by actual instruments or by using the sounds of your mouth. It’s sung by anything and anyone, from birds chirping a song high in the air, to whales belting out, deep in the waters. Music is the tapping of your feet, the snapping of your fingers, music is everywhere, and you can’t avoid it. There are a lot of different genres of music such as Pop, Country, R&B, Hip-hop, Electronica, Techno, Rap, and so on. They are all unique types of music with the same purpose at hand; to bring a melody into your willing ears. Music is a way to escape, flowing out of reality and into the notes and/or beats of a song. Getting lost in the story an artist created with a few drum booms here, or the strike of a violin is a given.
Music brings people together to share their one love despite any differences they might have. It has the ability to inspire you to do great things, or be someone greater. The artists play a major role as well, by reaching out into the world and capturing the hearts of fans by the sound of their voice. They compose something that will attach itself to you in a way that will help you to connect with the artist on a personal level. It can make you happy, or sad, or motivated to do something brave. Experiencing music firsthand is a special thing, feeling the vibes in your body, in your soul, in your mind. It puts you in a mood that is unable to leave you days after you listen to the song. During the concert, so many people were happy. They screamed, laughed, danced, and sang together. We all had her music that banded us together. We weren’t friends, family, or even classmates. The feeling was exhilarating. I felt alive and almost one with the crowd. In that moment, singing along with Jhené, we were one with her.
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