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    The Power of Language in Music

    Music has become such a common occurrence in our daily lives. Whether it be on your car radio, from your school’s orchestra, or just inside a local restaurant, music is everywhere, yet it may sometimes come to a point...

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    • Dear Jessica, I am interested in your post “The Power of Language in Music” because I sometimes don’t even listen to the words of a song. I agree that music is a way of how people communicate how they feel. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is “n this specific song, Thicke uses derogatory terms and phrases against women or any victim of sexual assault, which demonstrates that catchy pop songs such as Thicke’s can contain dark underlying meanings.” When I hear this song I never knew it was about that. I always thought it was just a song you dance to. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I was really interested in the topic.

    • This was very interesting to think about. Your example of Blurred Lines reminds me of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”, specifically the lyric “Hey ya! (y’all don’t want to here me, ya just want to dance) Hey ya!”. the lyric is talking about how people will just dance to Andre’s song even though it’s really sad. Good article.

    • Dear Jessica,
      I am intrigued by your post because the title really stands out. I also feel like Music portrays an important role of life.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ These lyrical messages, once discerned properly, can reveal deep truths and touch many hearts.” I think this is true because many songs have amazing lyrics but many people don’t pay attention to them.
      Your post reminds me of me. I always like to listen to music and I like getting requests to songs to listen to me. Something I like to look for is the instrumental and I like to look at the lyrics closer since it makes the song sound different.
      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the research you do seems very interesting. Hope you had a pleasure researching this since I enjoyed reading it.

    • Dear Jessica,
      I am strongly intrigued by your post “The Power of Language in Music” because when it comes to song lyrics I associate myself with most of them. They also bring great meaning to my life that other things don’t. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Music is a powerful tool that offers moments of contemplation and affects our emotions, which can connect people of different lifestyles”. I think this is important because it shows how everyone can be connected through music.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because the way you write about a topic really caught my attention.

  • Dear Karla,

    I am very interested in your post because it perfectly describes the significance of texting in the lives of younger generations today. It really caught my eye because it aligns with how I use this form of language and communication in my own life. One thing you said that stands out to me is “over the years, has changed into a…Read More

  • Dear Ellie,

    I am very interested with your post because I had completely disregarded the effects Of Covid-19 on religious experiences such as this pilgrimage to Mecca. I found it intriguing that the Hajj was still held despite the high risk of exposure and infection. One thing you mentioned that stood out to me was: “restricting Muslims from p…Read More

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    Concepts of Pilgrimages: Canterbury Tales & the Western Wall

    Typically, a pilgrimage is thought of by most as a long journey to a holy place of worship, a traditional, religious trip utilized in many cultures across the world. These journeys can be traced back to early periods in...

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    • Dear Jessica,

      I am excited about your post because I enjoyed learning about your specific example of a pilgrimage that is sacred to Jewish culture, the pilgrimage to the Western Wall. I also appreciate your analysis about the importance of this pilgrimage for its journeyers, as it leads to a revitalization in their spirituality through contemplation and thought.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is “In the prologue of Canterbury Tales, it is stated that many pilgrims begin their journey at the beginning of spring, which is commonly used as a symbol for rebirth.” This is very insightful because in my post, I emphasized that pilgrims find inspiration in the transformations that are taking place in their nature-themed surroundings. I did not, however, state that pilgrims purposely set forth on their journeys at the beginning of spring, a time in which an abundance of change and growth takes place. I appreciate your insight and analytical perspective for this reason.

      Your post, specifically your quote that “pilgrimages have long since been used as a way to seek answers,” reminds me of something that I wrote in my post. In my post, I wrote about the purpose of a pilgrimage, and that is is through becoming content and finding the answers to our innate questions in life that we become spiritually advanced and awakened. Human beings are always asking questions, some more complex than others. Surrounding ourselves with the Lord during a spiritual pilgrimage, however, allows us to be comforted, as we are in the presence of our omniscient Lord.

      Thank you for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the rejuvenating and awakening effect that pilgrimages have on its participants. Instead of simply describing the pilgrimage to the Western Wall, you analyzed the important role that the pilgrimage has on those of Jewish faith, as it serves as an opportunity to contemplate and reflect on their complex spirituality.


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  • Dear Osiris,

    I was very interested in your post right when I read the title. Music is such an important part of my life; it helps me express who I am and has helped me through many ups and downs. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “Music has always been in our lives since birth and will stay until the end.” I think this is very imp…Read More

  • Dear Seth,

    I am really intrigued with your post because I myself have had some trouble with feeling energized, especially during and after quarantine and the beginning of this school year. I found this post to be really helpful because I still struggle with finding ways to get through my day. One thing you said that stands out to me is:…Read More

  • Dear Ashley,

    I am very interested in your post because I agree that our generation and even those younger than us have a problem with excessive phone usage, which in turn makes us more self-absorbed. I entirely agree that although these devices have a negative impact on ourselves and those around us, they also act as Tools that give us access…Read More

  • Dear Lisa,

    I was very intrigued by your post! I myself am a fan of true crime stories, however, I do get scared very easily. Nevertheless, I was very interested about your stance on how true crime relates to mental health and the criminal justice system. I do agree that true crime, with its gore and horror, has many pros and cons. One thing…Read More



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