Music and Identity Essay
994 WordsApr 9th, 20074 Pages
Music and Identity
In this report, I will expand upon what was spoken in the presentation by providing a more in-depth look at each section I talked about. The presentation was divided into six sections:
i) What do we mean by identity? ii) Identity in previous historical periods iii) Identity in contemporary culture iv) How the media constructs our identities
v) A case study; MTV and the music video vi) Conclusion
What do we mean by identity?
Identity refers to the way people see themselves--the groups they feel a part of, the significant aspects of themselves that they use to describe themselves to others. Some theorists distinguish between collective identity, social identity, and personal identity. However, they are…show more content…
Identity in contemporary culture
In recent years, identity has been open to discussion and reflection. One's identity has now been subject to change. There are still major cultural categories of identity, for example:
Identities however, are still fixed, though the boundaries of identities are ever expanding - though the difference is that they are not pre-defined. We can more than ever choose our own identities.
Many theorists see Identity as something that is solid and unchanging - something that is true to your inner-self. Others argue that your identity is something that is constantly changing and adapting, and something that requires commitment and action to sustain. Problems that occur with finding an identity lie in that people seek to be accepted into that new identity and be validated by others.
Many young people seek to use music to help themselves be more accepted in the world, so that they can be easily categorisable in the mainstream. Many girls of ages 9 13 may have an interest in a popular boy band' of the time. This is an example of how, though a girl's identity could be partly influenced by such a band, ultimately, their music and appeal is limited in scope because after four or five years the band is likely to have split up. The media promotes such a band because it targets girls who are seeking to find an identity and because these years
My Musical Identity Essay
920 WordsNov 17th, 20114 Pages
Writing Assignment 1: My Musical Identity Music, in all its complexity can be seen as a living, breathing mechanism that has the ability to sink deep down into one’s soul and create feelings of awe, excitement and wonder. Music speaks to and connects people of all cultures, backgrounds and ideologies, creating a common bond between various members of the human species. When listening to a beautifully composed piece of music, I myself cannot help but feel connected to the instruments, the artists and the composer. It has been my experience that music not only helps me learn, but also helps me grow. From an early age I grew up listening to the sounds of Motown with my dad. He would sing songs to me like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”…show more content…
I was 16 years old when I auditioned to become a part of the show.
The auditions for that season of American Idol took place in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Meadowlands Sports Complex on a beautiful day in August of 2006. Thousands of people came in an attempt to become a star before the eyes of the American public. Everywhere I turned people were singing and practicing for their chance with the judges. For the majority of the day I stayed with my mom, who along with a companion of hers drove me to the auditions. The only time I went out on my own was to quickly explore some areas of the stadium and to practice for a moment.
After waiting for over 5 hours, I finally had my chance to audition for the producers. Unfortunately, I didn’t earn a coveted spot on the show. When the producers didn’t call my number, I was devastated. I cried and asked to be taken home immediately. After that day my love for singing diminished greatly, and although my recovery of the rejection was rather swift, I never quite regained the desire to be a musical superstar.
That incident, however painful it was, did not end my love for music. After high school, as I began to inwardly change, so did my musical preferences. I began to listen mainly to Christian worship music, and upon doing so I realized I had a love for the art of dance. I find dancing to be such a