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Music of any generation affects the heart

Abigail Ramsey, Writer

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Music has changed throughout the last few generations, but not everyone has accepted that change. Grandparents listened to Elvis Presley and The Beatles, parents rocked out to The Rolling Stones and AC/DC, and now pop and rap music have taken over the music industry.

Music has evolved through the years. There’s a lot of conflict with whether or not that change has been for the best. The past generations have complained about the music slowly degrading and becoming nothing but a simple beat and the same lyrics over and over again. Music moved from an art form to that of quick cash and what might be the next best hit.

Classic rock and 60s music had a lot more to it than simply words on paper; it had heart and fire. Take “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas for example:

“Masquerading as a man with a reason

My charade is the event of the season

And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know

On a stormy sea of moving emotion

Tossed about I’m like a ship on the ocean

I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say”


It includes a lot of imagery and has a poetic flare to it that is custom to the music at that time. It spoke to that generation in a way that most books or wise gurus couldn’t.

Rap and dubstep can have the same kind of fire, though, only with different music and poetry. Selena Gomez’s Revival has lyrics that demonstrate this:

“I’ll walk through the fire, I’ll begin again

I’ll burn through my skin

Cause I, cause I wanna feel it

Reaching for the truth, not afraid to lose

What shattered through me like a rifle (rifle) was a revival, revival, yeah

I admit, it’s been painful, painful

But I’ll be honest, I’m grateful, grateful

It’s my, my, my time to realize”


New forms of music have always been scrutinized by the past generations, and older music left a lot of the new generation bored. Music is an art form, rhyming or not, and different genres will always appeal to different people. Embrace the differences.

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