While the arts have the power to draw us together, they also have the ability to make us more aware of our surroundings. The arts not only enable us to be ourselves, but they also help us to become alert of the differences of others. Think about your customs, preferences, likes and dislikes, hobbies, daily activities, relationships, and beliefs. All of these factors and more work together, like the pieces of a quilt, to form who you are and to differentiate you from others. You are a unique individual. In fact, no two people are exactly alike. Even identical twins differ in their internal characteristics. It is the differences which we possess that contribute to an enriching world in which enlightenment and growth can take place. As we learn from each other and begin to respect and appreciate each other’s unique attributes, we can begin to celebrate our differences. The arts are key to raising cultural awareness. With the help of the arts, we are able to see the world from different perspectives. For example, music not only allows us to experience the fluctuations between genres, but it also invites us to explore the various regions of the world through the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic tunes which are unique to the lands. Through the arts, we are able to take journeys into the lives of others and see how they live, think, and act.
What Music Taught Me
Music taught me to value people for who they are.
Music taught me that we share common goals, whether near or far.
Music taught me that being unique is okay.
Music taught me to act and think my own way.
Music taught me to dream and follow my heart.
Music taught me to see each day as a brand new start.
“Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
- A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
- Dedication – Nipsey Hussle ft. Kendrick Lamar
- Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
- Give It All – Train
- Hard Knock Life – Jay-Z
- I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah
- Living for the City – Stevie Wonder
- Only God Can Judge Me – Tupac Shakur
- They Don’t Care About Us – Michael Jackson
- Two Worlds Collide – Demi Lovato