this musical revolution with similar vehicles such as blues, r&b, and hip hop asserting the truth of their identity. For those who feel stripped of their identity like their ancestors, this music is a cultural breakthrough that helps connect the interpersonal experience which gives music a voice or creates another language to facilitate their message. Through music, you create an identity that cannot be scrutinized or demoralized by those who patronize your music as the music speaks for itself. Giving music a use and a purpose pervades our musical culture today as modern artists have created all sorts of alternative forms to express themselves through music. So for us to understand the depths of the message being thrust upon us in the music just like the narrator, we must immerse ourselves as if it were a conversation with the artist rather than our interpretation of how we believe it relates to our lives. In Baldwin’s story, the narrator reflects, “All I know about music is that not many people ever actually hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing
4 Literary Analysis Sonny’s Blues evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason?
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