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Nicole Modak
Music 100
September 11, 2012
Music Genealogy As a child I remember listening to the typical children’s music. Barney was my favorite television show, so I can still remember the songs that Barney used to sing such as The Clean Up Song. My parents also exposed me to the types of music they enjoyed listening to. My mother loves artists such as Babyface and Toni Braxton. It was our tradition to clean the house while playing music. We would sing and dance to my mom’s favorite songs for hours. My mother also loves music by Josh Groban. She always played his music in the car, which instantly made me sleepy. My father’s favorite artist is Bruce Springsteen and because my father exposed me to his music at such a young age I grew to love the music as well. My dad also introduced me to classic hits by the Jackson 5. As a child I took chorus in elementary school where we sang and learned about music. I played the flute during the fourth and fifth grades. I loved the music in the Broadway musicals I have attended with my family. I have seen The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The music in both plays was fantastic. My classmates influenced my musical taste because during free time in class teachers would play music. My peers and I would all decide which songs the teacher would play. This encouraged me to listen to the types of music that my classmates listened to even if it was different then the songs I typically liked. I grew up living 30 minutes from New York City. I believe that my environment also exposed me to certain types of music. My past influences on music have definitely become a part of my life today. Even though I believe that my interest in music has changed since I was a young girl, I still listen to many of the songs that I was exposed to in the past. When I was younger my parents did not expose me to rap or hip-hop music. However, currently I listen to rap and hip-hop very often. Also, I have become interest in techno music recently. Not until attending UMass have a found a liking for techno music. It is very popular on campus and I enjoy listening to it. I have posted music videos of songs I love on Facebook. If a song describes my mood I will post it on Facebook. Also, I have posted songs on Facebook to show people a new song that I have just heard and believe that others will like it as well. I am open to many different styles of music. Recently I have been hearing a lot of country music. I do not know many country songs but I am definitely open to listening to more. Music plays a very big role in my life. I listen to music every single day. At times I use it to cheer me up and other times I use it to calm me down. I listen to music when I walk to class, when I’m relaxing in my room, and when I am out at parties with my friends. It affects my mood because songs that are upbeat make me happy and cheerful. When I am upset I listen to soothing music, which makes me feel better. Music and my moods go hand in hand. My favorite piece of music is Heart Attack by Trey Songz. It is an R&B song about how badly love can hurt. The song describes a couple that has an unhealthy relationship however continue to keep dating because they love each other. This song has a very pleasing and soothing tone. The mood of the song is depressing. Drums are used in this song to add to its dramatic tone. The volume of this song is low and gets higher during the chorus. The speed is also slow. I like this song because I really enjoy the sound of Trey Songz’s voice. His lyrics are also very relatable and fun to sing along to. The fundamental elements of music include melody, notes, phrases, and subphrases. Other elements of music are disjunct motion, conjunct motion, harmony, chords, chord progression, and texture. Music does not require all of these elements to be considered music. Music can be used for any purpose or function. Never ever piece of music has been made for the same reason. Nor does music have to be pleasing to the ear to be considered music. One persons taste in music can be completely different from another’s. I think music has a very wide definition since no one has the exact same preferences in music.

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