An Examination Of The Music Of Garth Brooks

2517 words - 11 pages

For generations, singers and songwriters of country music have been working to evoke emotions in listeners by performing and writing songs that the listeners will be able to relate to. Country music traditionally reveals stories of life, love, death, and values, all of which can be seen in the works of great singers and songwriters like George Strait, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, and Alan Jackson. One artist in particular, Garth Brooks, forever left his stamp on country music and on the hearts of his millions of listeners with his hit songs, “The Beaches of Cheyenne”, “Callin’ Baton Rouge”, and “The River”. “The Beaches of Cheyenne” has a storyline containing themes of life, death, love, and regret. The themes of this song branch out much further than the reaches of country music, and makes this particular song relatable to each and every person. "The Beaches of Cheyenne" by Garth Brooks is the epitome of country music, and largely contributes to the success and popularity of country music by evoking emotions in listeners through means of a storyline that conveys strong emotions, relatable to each and every person. “Callin’ Baton Rouge” is fast-paced, upbeat love song that is able to evoke emotion in listeners because of the strong instrumentals in the song accompanied by meaningful lyrics. “The River” is a song about following dreams no matter what obstacles may be in the way, which makes it inspirational and very relatable to everyone that listens to it.
Peter J. Rentfrow, Lewis R. Goldberg, and Daniel J. Levitin reveal in their article, The Structure of Musical Preferences: A Five-Factor Model that, "It (music) is composed of specific auditory properties, communicates emotions, and has strong social connotations. There is evidence from research concerned with various social, psychological, and physiological aspects of music, not with music preferences per se, suggesting that preferences are tied to various musical facets" (Rentfrow et al. 2011 p. 1141). The authors go on to include that these “musical facets” include pace and tempo of music, volume, instrumentals, and vocals (Rentfrow et al. 2011 p. 1141). “The Beaches of Cheyenne” displays a wide range of attributes that appeals to individual preferences that Rentfrow, Goldberg, and Levitin discuss. There is a strong presence of the fiddle and steel guitar in the song which helps direct emotions, that is to say it helps guide how listeners should feel. The tempo of the song varies throughout, starting high, turning lower, and then returning high. The vocals of the song also vary, as Garth Brooks utilizes his ability to hit a wide range of musical notes. Lyrically, the song tells a story that conveys many strong emotions and themes.
"The Beaches of Cheyenne"- Garth Brooks

They packed up all his buckles
And shipped his saddle to his dad
And by the way the house looked
She must have took it bad
The workers come on Monday
To fix the door and patch the wall
They say she just went crazy

Find Another Essay On An Examination of the Music of Garth Brooks

An examination of male struggles Essay

1343 words - 6 pages bodybuilders, all of which propose that they should work in the direction of acquiring dense and muscular bodies, which I might add is not easily obtained. Although these issues may manifest differently than they do in females, body image is becoming a point of concern for an expanding number of male. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine previous researches that serve to shed light on the struggles faced by males when dealing with body

An Examination of Capital Punishment Essay

1540 words - 6 pages population claims that this consequence is not used enough. Capital punishment is not a problem only here but around the world as well; there is constant arguing and debates, here and around the globe, about the moralities of this punishment. This has been an unsurpassable struggle from the beginning, and now we are left to wonder if there is even a rightful way to end this dilemma. People can be convicted with capital punishment for many things

"An Examination of the Christology of Friedrich Schleiermacher"

1729 words - 7 pages An examination of the Christology of Friedrich SchleiermacherFriedrich Schleiermacher is without a doubt one of the most important figures in the field of Christology. He is generally regarded as the father of modern liberal Christology and even Karl Barth, one of his most severe critics admitted that "The first place in a history of the theology of modern times belongs and will always belong to Schleiermacher, and he has no rival." Another

Things Fall Apart, An Examination of the Treatment of Women

1253 words - 5 pages At first glance the treatment of women in an Igbo marriage is appalling, the woman may be beat if she is out of line, she raises the children, does the housework and even some farm work without hesitation. For the Igbo clan, a marriage is the union between a man and as many women as he desires and can afford to buy. A marriage is done for the purpose of having numerous children and love between man and wife is not even a requirement. The wife is

An Examination of the Goals of Higher Education

1372 words - 6 pages public universities. In chapter one of How to succeed in school without really learning: the credentials race in American education, David Labaree (1997) identifies three defining goals of education. In order to provide context to how the three goals can be in competition or alignment, two pieces will be used to analyze the goals. The first is an article regarding the role of the government in financing higher education (Baum, 1995) and the second

An Examination of the Causes of Personal Happiness

828 words - 4 pages and let it come about itself. He continues on to say that “lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection” (King Jr. 267). The acceptance of freedom in itself, is not associated with personal happiness nor personal well-being because there should be actions behind the acceptance which work towards freedom. As an extension of this idea, King says “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for hateful words and

An Examination of the Children of Immigrants Education Expectations

2018 words - 8 pages discussed how one out of five Americans was either first-or second-generation immigrants (Portes & Rumbaut 2001). Further, the topic incorporation has become an issue with first-generation immigrants because of class background, language, and religion (Portes & Rumbaut 2001). This has caused additional studies to look at how second-generation immigrants have incorporated. When compared to first-generation, second-generation immigrants are better off

An Examination of the Modernization in the American Society

1348 words - 6 pages interconnects how the American Society changed significantly as the nation became more educated, new technologies were discovered and women earned many new rights. Education during the interwar period saw an overall improvement, however there were rough times. In the early twentieth century education was available only for the rich elite since many people did not require an education. The reason for that was that many people, about "one fourth of the

Chernobyl, an Examination of the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

1507 words - 6 pages Chernobyl, an Examination of the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster On the 26th of April, 1986 unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power station was taken off the electrical grid to perform an experiment in which the reactor would be run at low power. The Chernobyl power station, which is located in the present day Ukraine and is approximately 12 miles south of the border with Belarus, did not react as designed and unit 4 proceeded to spiral out of

An Examination of the United States' CARSI Policy

2041 words - 9 pages , up to 70% in one town (Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination, 2013, p. 3). While current outreach programs have proved successful in smaller towns, trials in larger communities have yet to be conducted. As initiatives under Pillar IV continue to expand it is crucial that MPPs are implemented in different size communities soon to test for the most effective strategies. Pillar V The fifth pillar of CARSI is to foster enhanced levels of

An examination of the sonnet from Petrarch to Browning

4825 words - 19 pages An examination of the sonnet from Petrarch to Browning. A sonnet is a poem, which traditionally contains the subject of love. The creator of the sonnet was a man named Francesco Petrarca who was usually referred to as Petrarch. Petrarch wrote many of his sonnets based upon himself, and his lover, Laura. The conventional format of a sonnet contains fourteen lines, and is segregated to illustrate two arguments. Every sonnet takes the

Similar Essays

An Analysis Of Brooks' First Fight.Then Fiddle

958 words - 4 pages threatening one's safety; it would be, as the phrase goes, "fiddling while Rome burns." Second, fighting the war first would prepare a safe and prosperous place where one could reasonably pursue the pleasures of music. One has to "civilize a space / Wherein to play your violin with grace." It should be noted further that while Brooks writes about securing a "civilized" place to play the violin, she seems clearly to be using this playing as an image for

An Examination Of The Palistinian Israeli Conflict

1435 words - 6 pages Intifada. This has been an on going war between Palestinians who are Muslims and Israelis who are Jews caused by conflicting religious and historical claims to the city, the desire of displaced Jews for a homeland and Palestinian anger at the British and U.S backed takeover of the city by the Israeli Jews. The effects of the conflict have been terrorist attacks around the world by both sides and the deaths of many soldiers and civilians. In

This Essay Is An Analysis Of The Poem "Lovers Of The Poor" By Gwendolyn Brooks

901 words - 4 pages The poems title "Lovers of the poor" is talking about the women from the ladies betterment league. Brooks calls them lovers of the poor because the rich ladies want to help the poor. If they weren't poor I don't think the rich ladies would like them, but instead they would be jealous. The rich ladies act like they want to help but deep down they know they really don't care about the poor and they also know that they will be out of ghetto and

An Examination Of Office Space Essay

3277 words - 14 pages An Examination of Office Space The first time I saw the movie Office Space I was about fifteen years old. Instantly I found the characters hilarious. The movie left me with an expectation of what corporate America may look like for a lowly employee. The movie is based on one man’s journey, Peter, of discovering what the meaning of work is all about. At the start of movie it is apparent that Peter and his friends, Michael and Samir, hate their