Music is an important part of our life because it expresses different type of messages to different type of people in certain circumstances. They can mean all different type of emotions like love, heartbreak, excitement and so many more. Different type of music can impact in people’s lives, leaving them with a certain feeling towards someone or something. The song “Where is the love” by The Black Eyed Peas was created to inform people about what’s happening, that people should care about their neighbour. In this analyse I will be talking about the theme, purpose and audience. I will also be talking about the tone and mood. And finally I will be talking about the figurative language, symbolism and allusion.
The theme, purpose and audience are important elements of a song are valuing people’s lives and backgrounds even though they are different. The lyric of “Where is the love” by The Black Eyed Peas tells the listener that they can easily pick up on when listening to the song with no video. Even without watching the music video or searching for lyrics of the song, we can see the disappointment being expressed over the lack of togetherness in the world. I believe that this song is empowered by teenagers. It encourages young adults to stop the behaviours that reinforce the negativities in the world. I think that the older generation would be disempowered from this song because they wouldn’t really take much notice to what they are saying because it’s just “teen rap”.
Ron Fair, who was the producer of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”, met will I am when he recruited the Black Eyed Peas for the legally blonde soundtrack and the pair hit off. Later that month they started writing the song with Justin Timberlake, and in June, 2003 the song “where is the love” was produced. On the night after Christmas in 2001, Will I am came up with a beat and wrote a guitar part he liked. He then got some thoughts off his chest he’d been holding in since September 11, including the verse, “Overseas we tryin’ to stop terrorism/ But we still got terrorists here livin’/ In the U.S.A., the big CIA, the Bloods and the Crips and the KKK/ But if you only have love for your own race/ Then you only leave space to discriminate.” Taboo added similar emotional versus. I selected this issue as it is understanding, and can relate to many lives. Mood and tone has a major impact on the audience as it can determine the type of audience.
Both tone and mood are important aspect of a song. The tone of a song helps the listener distinguish the author’s attitude towards the subject matter, while the mood relates to the emotions the listener derives from the text. The lyrics mention gangs, violence, people killing each other, hurt children who are crying, but how we share the world with each other. The sad, undeniable parts of life as we know it, and their negative feelings, disappointments, sadness and regrets. When they say, “ask yourself,” “we,” and “one” in phrases throughout the song, they find a connections between themselves, the song and the listeners which can make us feel more involved, impacted and responsible, in the song listening about the problem. We realise we are not hearing about someone else’s problems, but our own, and we can be part of the solution.
The lyrics create a message to us through the words of the song. For example, there is a verse that goes, “but if you only have love for your own race, then you leave space to discriminate, and to discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate you’re bound to get irate, yeah”. The line is simple and sensible, letting us understand in a song, but relate to circumstances that are happening in the world. People these days think that clothes, phones, money etc. is more important than their family, a line in the song goes “most of us only care about the money makin’ and “selfishness got us followin’ our wrong direction.” This line is telling us what the black eyed peas think about and sees about the world.
The figurative language in my song, “where is the love” is true rhyme, slant rhyme, internal rhyme and alliteration. An example of true rhyme is “not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother” and “a war goin’ on but the reason’s undercover” An example of slant rhyme is “Madness is what you demonstrate” and “and that’s exactly how anger works and operates” An example of an internal rhyme is “And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah” A example of alliteration is “Father,Father,Father help us”. These parts of figurative language helps us convey a message towards the targeted audience. However symbolism and allusion is not used in this song “Where is the Love”. The techniques used to perform this song has helped to convey a simple but yet affective message.
In terms of this song to us, I think it is effective because it points out a problem to which almost everyone can relate to. It also highlights the problem through relevance and negativity, which inspires people to stop the behaviours that reinforce these negativies. If that happens, people may treat other people more nicely, and we can maybe find “the love” that the Black Eyed Peas couldn’t find in their song.
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