Music = Life

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October 26, 2011 • Laney Sayer, Opinion Writer  
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The definition of music is: the art of sound that expresses ideas and emotions in forms of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.

                You can find music everywhere. One major way that people tend to express themselves, is through the music they listen to. Music is a big part of someone’s life, especially teenagers. Whether we are doing homework, dancing, playing on the computer, or hanging with the peeps, we are listening to music.

                Everyone has their own taste and opinions about music. While interviewing students, the first question I asked was, “What is your favorite genre of music?” These were the most common responses: Alternative, Rap, Rock, Indie, and R&B. I also asked them, “Who are some of your favorite bands and singers?” They said Coldplay, U2, Anberlin, Foster The People, Linkin Park, Michael Jackson, Young The Giant, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Justin Bieber, and many others! With the internet and our cell phones, kids are discovering new music on a daily basis!

                I also asked the students, “Is there a type of genre that you hate or wholeheartedly dislike?” The most common answer was country and classical music. Everyone had their own answers, but most of them were very absolute when it came down to country music. When you are driving down the road at night, and you see a group on teenagers in their car, you probably aren’t going to hear country music blasting. This type of music just doesn’t appeal to many teenagers, but it is a great type of music that a lot of other people fancy. A junior, Camille Zesiger said “I would never hate any music, okay wait, only the kind that has singing chipmunks.”

                The next question that I asked them was “What does music mean to you?” I got a lot of different answers. Hannah Hartvigsen, a junior, said “Music is very therapeutic for me, it helps me relax. Shyanne Hatton, a senior, said “Music is a drug.” Kids listen to music constantly. It helps them have fun, relax, focus, and escape daily life. Music is an art that is strongly embraced by our generation.

I also asked, “What do you imagine daily life would be like if we didn’t have music?” Katlyn Phillips, a senior, said “Dull; no one could express themselves.” Grant Hawkes, a junior, said “bland”. To teenagers, music makes life exciting. These two students and many others said that they couldn’t even imagine life without music, because it would be so empty and colorless. The last question I had a chance to ask students was, “Do you think music has a large effect on us?” Shyanne Hatton said “Absolutely. Music affects the way we think, which leads to affecting our attitude, affecting are actions which affects our character.” Music can affect the way we act, talk, dress, and even our view on life.

Music today is a large part of our culture. Music means a lot to teens today, and affects them in many ways. Music can inspire kids, and be a great escape. Personally, I could never see the world without music. Music is an art that brings people together and influences people in ways that nothing else could ever do.

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