Music

The Sound of Music

The rhythm, beat, lyrics and tune are some of the elements that listeners base their choice of music upon. It is effortless to grab the attention of people when it comes to music. When a certain song is being played, they often pause to listen to it and if it is a familiar song, they may either sing along or may hum the tune.

Music is one of the best ways through which people often communicate to the world. Songwriters write songs in a way that it connects to them personally and what their inner feelings are which, they may find difficult to converse. This connection tends to relate to the listeners and the effect a particular song has on an individual is difficult to point out. A person gets attached to a song when they are able to relate to it and this leads them to listen to it more frequently.logo mix2Music has become an integral part of our day to day life, where most of us begin by listening to songs of personal preference that will enable us to start our day with. It is considered to be a medium through which many can calm themselves or relax their minds. One is sent into a trance or into the world of the unknown while listening to music they prefer. Music also brings people together, and this was portrayed through the song ‘We are the World’ by Michael Jackson featuring different singers who came as one and sang for the Haiti earthquake victims.

A decade ago, the choice of having one’s favourite song in the palm of their hands may not have been possible. Those days one will have to buy their favourite album or music from the record store, which were expensive. Now, the technology being so advanced, one either has a music device or cell phone, where they are able to listen to the song of their choice at their convenience and on a repeat, which is a complete opposite to the earlier years.

Over the past few years, one has heard various songs that have become famous such as the Gangnam Style by PSY, Kolaveri Di by Dhanush and Wakka Wakka by Shakira. Music transcends all races and language, and both, young and old, get involved in the song, instantly making it popular.

This goes shows that music has no boundaries and can never grow old. It plays a vital role in today’s world, as it delivers a message in its own unique rhythm, beat, lyrics and tune that connects to the individuals.

By Christine Cherian

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Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera

Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the 2004 adaption.

Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the 2004 adaption.

“The Opera ghost really existed” claims Gaston Leroux in the prologue to his Gothic mystery novel, The Phantom of the Opera, published between September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910.

The novel takes the reader through the lives of Christine Daaé and the tormented Palais Garnier by the faceless Phantom. The Opera Ghost’s tragic tale lies in the fact that he was born with a disfigured skeletal face which not even his mother could bear. She gives him away to a travelling circus, thus, after a lonely life Erik ends up living in the lairs of the Opera. Erik, beguiles the virginal Christine through his gift of music while connivingly sabotaging the prima donna, Carlotta. Christine enraptured by her Angel of Music, is kidnapped and held hostage by him into the deep lair of the Paris Opera House. Because of the lack of any affection all through his life, the masked Phantom is immediately drawn to the young singer. The macabre tale in the end tells the readers about the death of the Phantom due to a broken heart.

Lon Chaney as Phantom

Lon Chaney as Phantom

Like most novels in the Romantic and Victorian era were serially published in periodicals, The Phantom of the Opera too was introduced in this manner. Roman Noir, or black novels were popular in the continent much before the sheltered English society was introduced to Gothic literature. The widespread popularity of this story is perhaps best credited to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who turned it into one of the most beloved musicals of this generation. Later, Webber’s  musical took to the silver screen starring the Gerard Butler as the enigmatic Phantom and Emmy Rossum as Christine.

The story shares similarities with Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1831), wherein Quasimodo, the isolated hunched-back bell tower ringer falls in love with the youthful gypsy Esmeralda. While the Phantom lives in solitude, deep in the lairs of the Palais Garnier in Paris, Quasimodo lives in isolation in the bell towers of the Notre Dame de Paris. Perhaps it would be right to say that even J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gollum is once such character, minus the lady love.

What perhaps makes the Phantom’s story of unrequited love more plausible than ever is the fact that the universe stories take place in legitimate locations which exist even today. It is impossible for anyone who has read The Phantom of the Opera to take a stroll down Paris and disbelieve whatever they read. The Phantom does exist.

By Nicole Xavier

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ALL THAT JAZZ!!

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I have been listening to a lot of old school music over the past month. Not that i have anything against Justin Bieber or Rihanna and the music of today but I prefer to spend my time tapping my feet to some good old Jazz tunes than do the harlem shake. I connect with music on a more soulful level and it saddens me greatly to find today’s music lacks that feel. Jazz music was the escape for many and a way to express freely in a society that enslaved them. Of course hip hop and rap are amazing dance tunes and are fun but they are not timeless. I’m afraid they pale in comparison to the great symphonies of Beethoven and Mozart. On the other hand not everyone has the same taste in music and might find concertos rather drab. This is where jazz has the upper hand. Everyone and anyone can just lose themselves in the wonderful world of jazz.

The song that has been playing repeatedly on my mind since yesterday is “What a wonderful world” by the legendary Louis Armstrong. The emotion in his voice, the lyrics of the song, the melodious tunes, everything screams class. The music comes straight from the heart. If someone were to ask me to define Jazz, this is would be my attempt; “Perfectly arranged notes balanced on very specific rhythms” and continue to describe it in the words of Armstrong as “Not too slow, not too fast, kind of half-fast.” So for this week’s post I have decided to bring to the forefront some of the long lost amazing jazz tunes. These are a few of my favourites, So if you’re looking for a slightly different playlist or just want to chill out, I suggest you give these tracks a listen Sit back with a cup of tea or whatever you like to mellow out with and enjoy the JAZZ TRIP!

Click this link to listen to some all time Jazz favourites

http://jazz24.org/jazz-100/

By Jessica Johnson

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