Hu 300 Project 4

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Date Submitted: 10/01/2012 07:05 AM

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Music is a universal language. No matter where you are in the world, you can turn on a radio and hear the same songs that are playing in the United States, Japan, Germany, and Russia. Music is a universal connector that avoids bringing any disputes concerning one's state, culture, or religion. It is something has the ability to link one to the world community. Generally, one starts at a young age listening music. The listener starts to listen to a particular genre. As one listens to songs, one begins to find songs that define one's life. This is done when a person relates to the lyrics of a particular song to a particular moment or time in one's life. As one grows, older one's preference in musical genre may change. However, the listener continues to attach oneself emotionally to particular songs, which in turn chronicles one's life history.

When I reminisce on my childhood, I emotionally relate to several songs from the Classic Rock and Heavy Metal genre. Surprisingly though, it was not until my early adulthood until I started to find songs that I could relate to my childhood. Growing up in the 1970's, I did not listen to music because my mother did not approve of the music that was being played commercially. My parents divorced when I was four, and like most children at that age, I could not understand the situation and felt alone. In addition, divorce was not as accepted or common as it is today. As the result of their divorce, my mother stated that she would come home from work and I would be sitting on the curb or steps of our residence waiting watching every car driving by. My mother stated I did it every day and she became curious why I was doing it. I simply responded, "I am waiting for my daddy to come home." In my young adulthood, I heard a haunting song that sounded so lonely. The song was "House of Pain," and it became the song that defined my childhood. When I first heard the song, I immediately emotionally related to the following...