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ALVAREZ, Francesca Maria E.

BEF

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water. - Ray Charles

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; I was blind, but now I see.

This song was composed by William Walker. This song really connects to Ray Charles because I read an article that he was blind but still he survived all the challenges in his life. The first and second lines of the song, from my interpretation its like hes being thankful for the music he had, and music saved him from a miserable life, even though he is a blind person through music he gained strength and started a new life with music. His definition about music really relates to this song, because I think no one will live without music in our life that is why Ray Charles compared music to our body parts, like us, an ordinary human being, we cant live and can not function without these important organs in our body that is how important music is in our lives. Music is like a necessity because it is an expression of our feelings and emotions.

Why music is both sound and silence?

Sounds are vibrations transmitted through the air which reach our ears to be processed by our brain. To John Cage, there is no such thing as silence. Music is a succession of sounds and the composer the "organizer of sounds." Silence was perhaps the pivotal aspect of Cage's theories. If silence could be shown not to exist, then feelings, too, could be pushed into the category of nonexistence. Silence acquires an important role: only through silence can the musical material adopt many types of sounds. Silence is very important in music as well, as it supplements the sounds in the song, and, more often than not, provides moments of intense expression. Every musician and composer knows how to use both sound and silence, and their combination is often the secret of a great song. Music is not merely the sound of musical instrument but that of other human-made objects and, ultimately, the sounds of nature. Cage's famous composition 4'33", consisting of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, was intended to point to the ambient sounds around the listener of the work, which then become the work of music.