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I chose "Love Never Dies" sung by Sierra Boggess, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber as my song for the genre of opera. This song speaks of the resiliency of love, regardless of our weakness, despair, and human nature. The beauty of this song goes beyond the notes and into something deeper; it evokes emotion in the listener. The operatic quality intensifies this aspect of the song. An example is obvious in these lyrics, "As soon as you submit, surrender flesh and bone, that love takes on a life much bigger than your own. It uses you at whim and drives you to despair and forces you to feel more joy than you can bear. Love gives you pleasure and love brings you pain and yet when both are gone Love will still remain." I feel that such music has the ability to unite all cultures in one language, music. The meaning of this song transcends cultural barriers and finds a universal connection; love.

Bluegrass music was inspired by the music of Appalachia and is a subgenre of country music. It has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English traditional music, and also later influenced by the music of African-Americans through incorporation of jazz elements. Bluegrass Gospel has emerged as a subgenre, which uses Christian lyrics, soulful harmonies, and often instrumentals. Bluegrass Gospel is rooted deeply in American mountain music, stemming from the traditional music of the people of the Appalachian region. For this genre, I chose the song “Go Rest High on that Mountain” sung by Vince Gill, Allison Krauss, and Ricky Skaggs (my 3rd cousin!). This song speaks of death and pain on earth, but life and rest in heaven. It strikes a chord in the listener with the deep tones and strong, sad harmonies. I remember listening to this very song as a young child at my uncle’s funeral and it resonates with me to this day. My ancestors were from the Appalachian mountains and I feel a connection to this genre of music, as if it were in my blood. I have grown up listening to these artists and songs, and will always have an appreciation for Bluegrass Gospel.


Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the true story of the football coach Harold Jones and mentally challenged young man James Robert "Radio" Kennedy. His nickname, Radio, was given to him by townspeople because Kennedy grew up fascinated by radios and because of the radio he carried everywhere he went. Radio initially faces ridicule, bullying, and discrimination; Coach Jones takes notice of the young man and takes him under his wing. Radio enrolls in classes at Hanna High School, learns to read, and helps Coach Jones with the football team. Radio eventually receives the support of his community and the school, graduating 11th grade and continuing classes for many years. By the end of the movie, Radio overcomes the mistreatments of his peers and community members, discrimination, and stereotypes, finding the respect he always deserved. The movie gives hope by showing this mentally challenged young man rise above the obstacles and people holding him back with stereotypes and ignorance. The beginning of the movie is depressing when it shows Radio enduring such hardships, but inspirational when he overcomes them, moving from outcast to respected individual.


Hairspray is a 2007 American musical and romantic comedy film set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland; during a time of racial segregation and discrimination. The protagonist, Tracy Turnblad, is an overweight teen who dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins Show. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy lands a spot on the show, despite all odds. She then goes on to insist that the local Baltimore dancing show become integrated, allowing African Americans to dance on the show regularly, rather than just once a month on “Negro Day.” Tracy and her friends fight stereotypes, prejudice, close-mindedness, racism, and discrimination in their courageous acts to stand up for one another against wrongful authority. Interracial relationships and friendships are made and racism is trumped in this catchy musical about acceptance and love. This movie sends the message that people should be treated equally in every aspect of life, regardless of age, weight, race, gender, and so on. The movie motivates us to stamp out stereotypes and to avoid judging others based on their skin color, or any other reason.

Bluegrass Gospel

First Movie: Hairspray

Music & Movies

By: Candice Fawcett

Second Movie: Radio

Reggae a style of popular music with a strongly accented beat, originating in Jamaica. The word "reggae" was coined around 1960 in Jamaica to identify a "ragged" style of dance music, that still had its roots in New Orleans rhythm n’ blues. Reggae evolved in the late 1960s from local variations of R&B, calypso music, and jazz. Reggae became widely known in the 1970s through the work of Bob Marley; its lyrics are much influenced by Rastafarian ideas. I chose the song “Moving On” by Collie Buddz. This song is about the artist’s journey from rags to riches. He remembers being hungry, dreaming of better days and hoping to one day have the chance to perform his music on a stage. The lyrics, translated into Standard English, read “You have to keep moving on; sing on, sing on. No matter what’s going on. You know you have to chant on.” He goes on to explain situations where someone is in utter despair, faced with the choice of giving up, then the chorus comes back in encouraging them to keep moving on. This song is very inspirational and uplifting in rhythm, lyrics, and overall sound.


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