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Sequ. III- Music Responds to Tragedies

Sequ. III- Music Responds to Tragedies - Joe Cremen Brinn...

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Joe Cremen Brinn Strange English 134 26 May 2011 Music Responds to Tragedies Throughout the history of music, artists become inspired to write songs after tragic events. The United States has seen its fair share of devastation with the collapse of the twin towers on September 11, the broken levees in New Orleans, and most notably, our countries years of segregation. Songs such as, “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas, “Tie My Hands,” by Lil’ Wayne, and “I Have A Dream,” by Common, tell the stories of these tragic events in a way all people will enjoy listening to. On September 11 th 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed two of these planes into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City. Everyone on board of these planes died and eventually, within two hours, the Twin Towers collapsed, killing thousands of innocent people. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after heroic citizens tried to regain control of the plane (9/11 Attacks). This inspired The Black Eyed Peas to write the timeless song, “Where is the Love?” “Where is the Love?” was created shortly after Christmas in 2001. The Black Eyed Peas enlisted the help of Justin Timberlake who helped write and sing the chorus. This hip-hop song helps reach young people who listen to music today. It also reaches out to all generations, by telling us how we need to act and highlighting what needs to be
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Cremen 2 fixed in our world. Fergie and Will.i.am. headline the Black Eyed Peas and they are both very popular artists. Their songs are always upbeat and fun to listen to. In this song, they’ve used their immense popularity to convey a message that all people need to hear and will hopefully become better individuals after hearing. The lyrics challenge people to question what’s wrong with the world and wonder why people can act the way they do saying, “People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas.” A mother is supposed to teach her children how to act and teach them right from wrong. The song goes on to explain how overseas we are at war to stop terrorism, “but we still got terrorits here livin’, In the USA, the big CIA, The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK.” In our own backyard, people kill each other because of their race and different beliefs everyday. The Black Eyed Peas tell us that you need to demonstrate love and take control of yourself. One can’t discriminate because that only generates hate, which leads to people releasing their anger in inhumane ways. Every lyric in this song, especially those in the chorus, deliver a positive message to society—much different than most hip-hop and rap songs. The chorus of the song is, “People killin’, people dying’, children hurt and you hear them cryin’, can you practice what you preach, and would you turn the other cheek. Father, father, father help us, send some guidance from above, ‘cause people got me, got me questionin’, where is the love.”
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