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Billy Joel, a famous rock musician who has stood the test of time from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, once said that: “I think music in itself is healing. It is an explosive expression of humanity. It is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music” (Bratkovic, 2010, p. 27). I believe this is a thoroughly accurate and insightful comment about the role that music plays in the human experience. If we look around to the different periods and different cultures of the world throughout humankind’s history, we see music as one of the few timeless facts of existence. Music is touching, as Mr. Joel says, because it expresses the inexpressible. In other words, it allows us to connect to concepts, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and the knowledge of other people, just by the simple act of listening. Going from the beginning of my life to the present moment, I can think quite clearly of the defining soundtrack to that progression of events. Starting in the mid- to late-1970s, which was during my childhood years, I can recall bits and pieces of my favorite music. I know that classics like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and other Christmas songs were still very much popular. More generally, however, I remember Schoolhouse Rock! very vividly being a big hit at my school and with my parents. Schoolhouse Rock! was a television program that had a number of hit musical recordings for children. I think
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