Music

I feel this article is very on point with all six of its points.

I have had many personal experiences with pretty much all of them. For example; number four: interpersonal relationships. I have had many relationships where my boyfriend was a musician, and usually the music they played were some of my favorite bands. (The Beatles, Nirvana, Radiohead, etc.) I feel that I was more attracted them due to the fact that they did play an instrument and that they did play some of my favorite artists. Another example; number two, negative mood management. And number one, positive mood management. I always listen to music; when I am happy, when I am upset or mad, when I am content, with friends, by myself, doing school work, in the shower, driving, pretty much all the time. Sometimes I even listen to music while I sleep. I listen to different kinds of music when doing it. When I am mad, I usually listen to loud, or “angry” music. When I am happy, I listen to more upbeat or fun music. It just puts me in a good mood, listening to music. When I want to be mad for a while, I would just go on a walk and listen to really angry music and just walk out my anger to the beat of my music.

The song I picked for this assignment is Outside Looking In by Jordan Pruitt.

You don’t know my name
You don’t know anything about me
I try to play nice
I want to be in your game
The things that you say
You may think  I never hear about them
But word travels fast
I’m telling you to your  face
I’m standing here behind your back

You don’t know how it feels  to be outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the  outside looking in

If you could read my mind
You might see more of  me than meets the eye
And you’ve been all wrong
not who you think I  am
you’ve never given me a chance

You don’t know how it feels to be  outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you  don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the outside looking in

I’m tired of staying at home
I’m  bored and all alone
I’m sick of wasting all my time

You don’t know  how it feels to be outside the crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On  the outside looking in

You don’t know how it feels to be outside the  crowd
You don’t know what it’s like to be left out
And you don’t know how it feels to be your own best friend
On the outside looking in (lyrics found on lyrics.com)

http://youtu.be/8exp8p8Sp4o (found on youtube.com)

The term I used was (social) ostracism and I feel it shows in the title and in the song itself that the girl singing feels excluded and nobody likes her. In class we said that it is used worldwide as punishment, and that it threatens the need to belong. In this song, it says that someone is saying stuff behind her back, and she says she has heard it all before, but if you look deeper into the song, you can tell that this really hurts her that people will not give her a chance to get to know her, or even try to be her friend. This song was written for a Disney movie called Read it and Weep, which is about a girl who writes in her diary about everyone in her school, good and bad, and it gets out as a new book, and pretty much everyone in the school shuns here (social ostracism) but at the end of the movie, she gets her friends back. In class, we also talked about how there is physical and emotional pain that comes from ostracism. In the song, you can tell that she is in extreme emotional pain with the fact that she keeps saying “you don’t know how it feels…” she is saying it in a more emotional than physical sense.

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