GWRJ Final Draft- Kelsi McMeekan - McMeekan 1 Kelsi McMeekan Professor Dill ENG 101 18 Oct 2107 The Message Beyond the Music When I look back at my

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McMeekan 1 Kelsi McMeekan Professor Dill ENG 101 18 Oct. 2107 The Message Beyond the Music “When I look back at my life, I feel like if I didn’t have music, I don’t know what I would have”, explains Demi Lovato in Simply Complicated, a recent documentary about the story of her life and the impact music has had on her. As I was laying in my bed watching the documentary late one night, I paused the video upon hearing those words. How could someone so famous and so powerful feel as if the only thing able to get her through is the music she wrote? I sat there in my bed staring at the screen as I thought about all the times music had helped me. It seemed as if any time I felt my world was crashing down, I was able to turn to music. I then came to the realization that music is more powerful than many people may even imagine. It’s easy to think of music as something that is produced solely for entertainment and not a form of coping with life and its problems. During the documentary, Demi spoke on the fact that she used her emotions and past experiences to help her write her most recent album. I immediately went to my Apple Music account and downloaded the album so I could hear just exactly what she was talking about. It was apparent, without even listening very hard, that she had grown from the hurt she experienced and put her all into the music she produced for her fans. The question I will be exploring is “ How are music and song lyrics able to affect your mood?” I chose this question becaus e I was intrigued after watching the documentary and
McMeekan 2 wanted to explore how writing music can trigger different emotions from the audience that is listening to it. Although music may not seem like a type of writing, it actually is. Songwriters and musicians use their writing to form songs that they can deliver to their audience. Often times music is used to express feelings of sadness, happiness, despair, and excitement. Music is defined as an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. Music can also be explained as vocal sounds combining with instrumentals to produce form, harmony, and the expression of emotions. Within this article I will be using different CHAT terms to discover how songwriters, such as Demi Lovato, write songs that can affect listeners. First off, let’s talk about the production of songwriting. Production is defined any aspect that went into creating the text, which can include things such as tools, practices, materials. In songwriting, there are several tools and practices necessary for creating a successful piece. For

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