Thursday, September 8, 2016

Exploration Three: Amanda Gifford

Marsh uses characterization to describe the industrial growth of his hometown.  He also uses it to describe individual people and the atmosphere surrounding those memorable events.  In one of his descriptive correlations to music he states, "that these singers spoke for me as well as to me, and that what they felt and were able to cope with, the deep sorrow, remorse, anger, lust and compassion that bubble beneath the music, I was able to feel and contain"  (p. 140).   Through his music he binds mood, characters, events, to project of his memories, thoughts, and feelings into a rhythmic interpretation.  His writing gives the reader a sense of transcending time depicting the culture of the Civil Rights movement.  He gives a voice to racism, having lived witnessing the effects on his family and the world as he knew it. 

One song that shaped my perspective was by JJ Heller, "Your Hands". I heard it during this time I was losing my grandparents. At the time it felt like the weight of the world was crashing down on me. It was really comforting to listen to and be reminded that I am held by my faith. Through these lyrics I was reminded me that even in our darkest moments we are held firm by our beliefs. Since the three loses of my grandparents I feel more compassion for others and enjoy being present in the moment.

"Still" by Amanda Gifford


  1. I'm sorry to hear that about your grandparents, but it is amazing how you turned a tragic time in your life into something positive. It is great you were able to learn from this experience in your life because now you can help people who are going through the same thing as you.

  2. Wow, that is really cool that this song was able to comfort you when you were experiencing so much grief. I think most artists would be touched to know that their work helped you through something like this.


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