The Gift Of Music Essay

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The Gift of Music

Music can be defined as the art of combining vocal and instrumental sounds to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression. Music can have different meanings to different people and different cultures around the world. There are many unique types and styles of music. It surrounds us everywhere; from the grocery store to the doctor’s office, from the telephone as you “wait for the next representative” to the office elevator. Music is a part of normal every day life.
Two years ago, after my father passed away, my mother decided it was time to clean out the garage and in her own words “get rid of all the junk”. That was when my sister and I ...view middle of the document...

I was exposed to a large variety of music. I remember listening to Elvis, Fats Domino, The Rascals, Smoky Robinson, Alice Cooper, Genesis, The Doobie Brothers and of course anything from the 1980’s era. There were only a few types of music I didn’t listened to which included country and classical, but I still tolerated listening to them. Music became a standard for me. Everything I had to do needed music behind it; if I was studying I had to listen to the radio, if I was cleaning house the stereo had to be on and if I was outside I had a radio plugged in somewhere so I could hear the music outside. I loved music and many times it-helped squash any sad feelings or emotions I had. It always seemed to cheer me up.
As a child growing up in the 1970’s, I remember watching American Bandstand every Saturday, stopping everything I was doing so I could watch for that one-hour. I thought everyone was so amazing and “cool” who was on that show. Then, when MTV emerged in the early 1980’s, that was when I was mesmerized by the television. I was a teenager and truly thought the music from the 80’s was the best and there was nothing else like it. I would sit patiently, sometimes for hours, waiting for my favorite video to play again. My mom could never understand how or why I could sit in front of the television waiting for the same band. She never fully understood how great the music was from the 80’s. Music was my life. It was my true enjoyment. I watched MTV as much as I could, I saved my money so I could spend it on cassette tapes, went to concerts (if...

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