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This I believe. Draft One

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on September 3, 2008 - 8:37pm

My English classes are participating in This I Believe. This is the first draft of my elongated version of my essay.

I believe very stongly in the power of music. Dictionary.com defines music as “an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.” The path I have chosen in this world is that of Opera performance. I live and learn through music, and it certainly has power over me. Where not everyone can perform music, a smaller amount of people can read music, and an even smaller amount still can compose music, everyone in the world can listen to music. Every person in this world has heard music in some form or another. It is recognized all over the world. It is enjoyed, it is debated, and it is loved. I believe music is the most powerful aspect of life on earth, because of its ability to bring people together in times of joy, tragedy, war, and peace.

As someone who understands both the simplicity and the complexity of music, I am very opinionated as to what makes music “good” or in better words, worth listening to. Composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven and many others helped to define music of their generations. Everyone knew and appreciated the works they composed, and a great number of people still find the time to appreciate it. In the rock and roll era, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin started revolutions in their own ways. These artists each helped to shape today’s music. Other artists that have changed music as it is known today include Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Queen, Billie Holiday, and many others. My respect for the aforementioned artists is overwhelming. They have kept music alive, and each of these artists brought something new to the world. These artists of the past are definitely still worth listening to.

What defines the music of today? Is there truly a way to define it vaguely? Since there is so much to listen to, everyone has their own definition of music. Personally, my definition of music revolves around one artist: Josh Groban. His talent is undenyable, and his voice is nothing short of incredible. Though I listen to all kinds of music, from classical, to rock, to pop, to country, no artist has impacted my life as much as Josh has. A great part of my decision to become a classically trained singer involved my realization that Josh took classical music and made it interesting again. He brought people of my generation into the world of classical music through the world that he creates for his fans when he sings. I luckily had the opportunity to tell Josh how much he inspired me earlier this year. I owe all my experiences to come as a classical singer to him. Hopefully, I will not disappoint.

Think about the important moments one has in their life. The ones we are sure to remember are usually the ones with music. Your first time going to school, you learn the ABC’s. All through elementary school, you are taught songs that you will remember forever, such as the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, Mary had a Little Lamb, and many others. You probably know the theme song to your favorite movies and television shows. At your graduation, you hear Pomp and Circumstance. At your wedding, you hear the wedding march. You also pick a song that symbolizes your relationship with your significant other to share your first dance as a married couple.

At our first day at Shenandoah, we heard the Alma Mater. For the next four years, that song is a part of our lives as students, and in a way, it defines us. It certainly has power over us, whether we realize it or not. Shenandoah University’s Alma Mater binds each person attending here as a community. It represents the choice that each student has made to present themselves as members of this community. True, we have only heard it once, and some students have probably already forgotten how it goes, but by the end of four years at Shenandoah, it will be a part of our lives.

I believe in the power of music. It is a binding force known to everyone in the world. It is beautiful, it is communicable, and it is adored. It is even used in Hallmark cards. Music is something to be cherished and admired, because it has been, and will be, around forever. Years, if not decades, from now, people will still recognize Mozart and Vivaldi, and they will also recognize Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley as remarkable talents. Music that is worth something lives, even when their artists or composers cease to exist on this earth, and that is truly how you define “good” music.

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