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The Song, Uprising, By Muse Essay

725 words - 3 pages

I am a millennial, a person born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials are possibly the most influential generation or, what some people may refer to as, the chosen generation. Our influence has been illustrated by the impact we had in the election of President Barack Obama. Throughout the last year, my dad has encouraged me to study millennials because he has been spending many hours studying them, himself. He believes that music defines the character and values of a generation. As a lover of all kinds of music, he has enlightened me with a genre of songs describing the desire for change. Most of the songs were composed by artists of his generation, Fifth Dimension, Eric Clapton, and Sam Cooke, to name a few. I was pleasantly surprised and excited when he introduced me to a current song with a similar message about change. “Uprising,” by Muse, the sixth ranking song on the iTunes alternative list, has now become a family favorite.

My dad has given me the task of choreographing a dance to this song for a website that he is in the process of developing. In an effort to interpret the song through dance, I had to understand the lyrics. The chorus states, “They will not force us/ they will stop degrading us/ they will not control us/ we will be victorious.” Hmmm…but who are “they” and what defines “victory?” The word “they” clearly refers to the previous generation. The artist is admonishing millennials to recognize the threats to our civil liberties. I automatically found it ironic that the songwriter, Matthew Bellamy, is neither a millennial, nor is he from the same generation as my parents. Because he was born between the two generations, he is able to articulate our millennial predicament from an outside perspective. As a millennial, I accept the songwriter’s call to action and commit myself to helping my peers prepare for our future. Instead of being fearful of the day that my generation fully understands the burdens placed upon us, but I am confident that we will...

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