Sunday, March 28, 2010

Music and history

This article is about the different types of songs that have been recorded since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. It is interesting to see how different ways of presenting history can have an impact on how it is remembered. For example, the documentaries that were watched in class, I feel, were far more effective than a word description. Having an actual visual and hearing responses of people who lived through Katrina or worked in a factory that produced Mardi Gras beads is more likely to convince people to take action to solve the problem. Bringing music into the picture allows for an even wider audience to be reached. It is also important that history shows both sides of the story. The best way to document the side of the victims is through documentaries as well as journals and music. Trouble the Water provides a first hand account of the actual events but music is able to provide the emotional impact that lingers long after the event when news coverage is no longer there.

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