Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” While this may be a little bit of a stretch on Nietzsche’s part, it demonstrates the power that music holds in the lives of many people. Throughout history music has started cultural revolutions, influenced political movements, and created a multi-billion dollar industry. It has become such an integral part of our lives that we often don’t realize the impact it has. We live in a world where music is readily available to the public in many different forms (especially following the introduction of the internet). With the simple click of a button, anyone with internet access can download a song whether it be Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen, or that timeless classic, “Never Had a Dream Come True” by S Club 7. The government has intervened in order to protect the artists from having their intellectual property stolen. Continue reading
Pop culture says a lot about what a society values, what interests us. Music, movies, video games, etc. all reflect on how we choose to spend our time and money. It is no mystery that the United States has an issue with gun violence. What is even more shocking is how often we see in the news stories of fire arms in schools. Given this horrible aspect of our society, how do we so easily accept the topic in our pop culture?
November of 2002 System of a Down released their album titled Steal This Album! I remember listening to the album as a naive 11 year old and not really knowing what to make of it, other than the fact that I thought it was cool. Up to that point in my life 9/11 was really the only current event that I understood. That being said, the song Boom! from the SOAD album was definitely a song that struck a chord with me.
At that time of my life I was just starting to use the internet, so watching music videos was definitely a popular pastime. The following video is one that I vividly remember watching:
Among the many memorials and reflections, I wanted to share two that have always meant much ot me.
This symphony by Henryk Gorecki, Symphony #3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is bot about grieving and hope. Crank it up, find a quiet place to be alone or with friends, and let it wash over you.