Lyrical Values         If Music Is The Product Of Its Culture,

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Lyrical Values If music is the product of its culture, it would appear that the culture young people are growing up in today has some problems. Most of the music that is popular with people my age is full of violence, sadness, and worse. Yet, music is a passion of mine, and my appreciation for it has grown a great deal over the years. I have a current compilation of over 1000 mp3 songs on my computer. I mainly base my opinion on how the song sounds, not what the lyrics say. I don't choose my music based on my values. But, if I need to think about specific lyrics, in general, the lyrics to the songs I prefer are insightful - yet hard to define. The songs I have chosen for this essay don't have the same ideas and values, but they all seem to have the same feeling.The first song I chose is Hummer by The Smashing Pumpkins. Here is an excerpt from the song.When you decide That your life is a prize Renew and revive It's all right honey It's all right, yeah Happiness will make you wonder Will I feel OK? It scares the disenchanted Far away I want something new But what am I supposed to do about you Yeah I love you, it's true Life's a bummer When you're a hummer Life's a drag The lyrics appear to not make much sense. To me, if you dig deeper at what he's saying, a few basic values appear in the lyrics. For instance, it talks about happiness - wondering if everything is going to be okay - what to do (with my life?) - finding some form of love. The song tells a story, and the values are in the story. The second song I picked out is Mistakes & Regrets by …And you Will Know us by the Trail of the Dead. This song demonstrates the negativity in my music tastes and...

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