Unit 4:Music

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Unit 4: Music

Zaheera Hakeem

HU 300-14

Professor Palmer

November 14th, 2011.

Kaplan University

Music is language of the universe. This may sound a little strange and grandiose but if we think about it, music is all around us. It not only exists in every culture in every country, it even exists in nature. Music exists in the sound of the birds in the morning and the crashing of the waves on a beach. Even animals and plants respond positively to music around them. As a musician, music plays an integral role in my life. It is difficult for me to imagine a single day going by without some sort of music; lack of it makes me listless and anxious.

Since my mother is an amazing pianist, I have heard music all my life. When I was very young, the music I heard was mostly classical music that she would play on lazy afternoons. I remember her playing this particular piece, ‘El Choclo.’ I believe it is the Argentinean tango. My parents are also huge Elvis fans so there was a lot of him playing in the house. I was born in 1990 so I also heard a lot of grunge and post-grunge that my siblings brought home when I was 5 or 6 years old. Nirvana’s ‘Man Who Sold the World’ was one of the first songs I learned to sing. I think grunge is the genre I associate most with my childhood. It was very popular at the time and bands like Blind Melon, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were always on TV and the radio. I still listen to these bands quite often and it gives me a nostalgic feeling and reminds me of simpler times. I feel like there was more emphasis on good instruments and real music back then rather than the recycled and packaged auto-tune machines that the music industry is spitting out at a furious speed.

This, however, was before I really started buying my own music or making an effort to find out about new music that I might like. By the time I was 10, I had started listening to a lot of classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC and Deep...