Essay In Pursuit of Music

1211 Words Mar 12th, 2013 5 Pages
Tommy Skennion
Professor Andreana Binder
English 1301
20 July 2011
In Pursuit of Music
What is music? Dictionary.com defines it as “an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.” Music is all around us each and every day. Whether it be a three note jingle on a television station, or to the tracks you listen to in your car. I believe music is an integral part of our lives and to the human experience. It crosses cultures, boundaries, and races; life, death and everything in between. The fact that music can be so powerful continues to inspire and motivate me to pursue a career in the field of music.
We’ve all had times when you hear a song and
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I remember participating in an after school musical in which my parents weren’t able to attend. The show must go on! Something seemed to draw me towards music. My adolescence; as with all adolescence, was a time of self-discovery. This applied to my music as well. I learned how to remix different songs together; coming up with different remixes; and I played around with various audio programs. I learned a lot of really basic stuff about editing and arranging audio as well as some basic things about music in general. I did all of this on a computer, an internet connection and not much else. I didn’t know at the time any of it would help me further down the road in my pursuit.
I continued with music as a hobby through my teen and early adult years. It was one I enjoyed very much; if not the one I enjoyed the most, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I decided music was something I would pursue probably for the rest of my life. By this time I had learned a lot more and was putting together very novice or amateur sounding tracks, thinking I was to be the next Dr. Dre or Timbaland. One track in particular had a very distinct sound to it. It had a very somber yet ominous tone to it. I had named the track “tragedy” for some reason and mixed behind the music various audio clips from September 11th and from the 2003 tsunami. On New Years’ Eve; after a night of partying and tripping; I

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