Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Music Evokes Emotions

Music can make you feel sad, happy, exuberant, excited or angry. That's why so many institutions use music to evoke emotions. During the War Years, the military used marching band music by band leaders such as John Philip Sousa to arouse patriotism. The Sixties gave us an abundance of protest music in response to the Nixon administration and the Viet Nam War. Folk music sometimes speaks out against politicians who say one thing and mean another. Country music sings about life. Churches consistently use music to shape the emotions of the flock.

Here are some of the songs I'm gravitating toward today, November 11, 2009.

Matchbox: Carl Perkins, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr

Talkin World War III Blues - Bob Dylan (vintage Dylan, rare footage)

Motorcycle Song - Arlo Guthrie

Jambalaya - Hunter Hayes, Hank Williams Jr.

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