Hey James, interesting ideas you have put out in this article, however I have a couple discrepancies. First of all how can you say that Thanksgiving has become more about food then being thankful, when the reason the holiday was started was coming together and being thankful for food. Now it might be true that Americans eat too much, but I think…[Read more]
The Green Mile by Stephen King is a book about death, both in life and on death row in America. The book follows Paul Edgecomb who is the main Guard at the Cold Mountain Penitentiary on E-Block, or death row.
Hello, Mudit thank you for bringing up Polo G and southside Chicago, I think that him and many others are very important to showing the world what Chicago is really like. Chicago has been named Chiraq by many because more Americans have been killed there then in Iraq. See Young Pappy’s “Chiraq” (2014) where he says, “Boy, I’m from the real Chiraq,…[Read more]
Mitchell I love you, thank you for the beautiful comment. The way you understood my argument was exactly the way I wanted it to be perceived. And to answer your question I think that without music America would be nowhere near as developed as we are now. Music is in our DNA it is primal, without it we are starving ourselves of a need. That need is…[Read more]
Hi Han I liked the ideas you presented but let me counter with this. America does better when it focuses on itself, rather than extensive relationships with other countries. According to a graph made by the Tax Foundation…[Read more]
American culture is forever changing and music is the best way to explore this. This is evident through the works of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, and many others making music that speaks out against the
I never thought about using music to describe Americans. This gave me a different insight on Americans and America as a whole. Music is a way to express the artist’s feelings and I didn’t realize how many would write music about their country. Whether they were mad or happy or just expressing their life, I feel now that most artists write about their homes, or where they come from. When you said “238 million users, 175 million users, 60 million users, these are the numbers put up by the top streaming apps Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple music ” I was shocked. I know lots of people listen to music for many different reasons but I truly didn’t think about how many did. 238 million people is a lot! Americans use music for many different reasons, which is important in our culture. Now more than ever I do believe music helps us understand whats going on in the world and sometimes even to forget what’s happening.
Aidan, I love the way you approached the idea of American values. Focusing on music is unique and you tied it together very well. Since music plays such a big role in our society today I can imagine a lot of people can relate to this. I like the way you connected it to the Vietnam war, whether you know it or not this connected to other American values like freedom and community. The people didn’t like what was going on with their government and the war, so they spoke out against it in a very influential way using music. This expresses freedom and community because the musicians used freedom of speech to bring their community together, with the subtle form of protest, music. In the paragraph about censorship and how artists were being oppressed, I think this is a another great example of how music reflects the current happenings of the time. On that same note, I also saw another connection between the current events and music in the paragraph about Lizzo’s song on anti-commitment. The section about censorship and oppression of musicians is relating the American value of freedom and the section about anti-commitment ties in with freedom and important topics of today about empowering women. The way you connected pop culture from the past and present to connect to American values was very clever. How much do you think music influenced today’s culture? What do you think America would be like if music wasn’t as important as it was and currently is today?
Mitchell I love you, thank you for the beautiful comment. The way you understood my argument was exactly the way I wanted it to be perceived. And to answer your question I think that without music America would be nowhere near as developed as we are now. Music is in our DNA it is primal, without it we are starving ourselves of a need. That need is of pleasure through way of sounds. Without music America would be a third world country.
I really like how you pointed out how the use of music has changed over time but it has always been used to address issues that people are facing. From Billie Holiday talking about lynchings and such activities being ignored in the south to Phil Ohcs voicing his dismay in Vietnam, music has been and always will be used as a way to express feelings and voice opinions. While reading this I realized how prevalent it still was for musicians and artists to voice their concerns and beliefs through music. An artist I listen to often Polo G uses his music to voice concerns about the violence in Southside Chicago. “He decries the racial inequities and gentrification in Chicago, and, in the next verse bares the psychological effects of the constant violence spilling out into neighborhood streets like those near the Marshall Field Garden Apartments where he grew up.” (chicago.suntimes.com). I feel like this is a way that music is used nowadays, people talking about violence and poverty in places they grew up in. I think that music will only grow to be more popular and will always be used to voice opinions and concerns about society.
Hello, Mudit thank you for bringing up Polo G and southside Chicago, I think that him and many others are very important to showing the world what Chicago is really like. Chicago has been named Chiraq by many because more Americans have been killed there then in Iraq. See Young Pappy’s “Chiraq” (2014) where he says, “Boy, I’m from the real Chiraq, where we catch more bodies than the real Iraq
Know a real n***** that still shot back, caught one to his neck and he still got whacked”. Young Pappy isn’t glorifying violence here, rather he is showing what his real life is like. Young Pappy was unfortunately killed in 2015 from a gunshot wound. His brother TaySav said this in “PBG Story” (2017) “Thinking ’bout the end Nah, I can’t get no sleep Pappy talking to me, saying: “Bro, let it go!” And I told him, “I can’t ’cause this shit too deep”. He’s talking about wanting to kill the man who killed his brother although he knows his brother wouldn’t want that. It’s a vicious cycle in chicago and without music I don’t think we would know about it.
As a member of Gen Z myself I too wonder about how our solely unique upbringing will affect us as a generation in the future. Since smartphones have really only been around for fifteen years we really can’t have any idea about the long term effects of them on developing brains. One thing I know for sure though is that it doesn’t make me…[Read more]
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