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My Inspiration for Compliments Week

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Last summer when I attended ASB Camp, I attended a workshop called ‘What If Week’ hosted by El Toro High School. Not knowing what I was stepping into, I walked out feeling inspired and deeply moved by the possibility of creating a campus environment brimming with love and compassion. There are so many students on campus who are going through difficult times, and no one will ever know just by looking at them. That’s why this week was created to establish unity, support, and acceptance. I wanted to bring the compassionate spirit that I saw at El Toro High School to the campus of Fountain Valley High School.

Please watch this ‘What If Week 2013’ video from El Toro. My project was inspired by this movement.

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This Music Will Improve Your Study

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Isn’t music great? There is an endless multitude of effects it can have on a person. It can induce sadness or joy. It can make someone imagine a spooky woods or a violent war scene. And here is yet another result of music: This song will help a person concentrate, or at least it does for me. It may not work for everyone because sometimes I cannot resist taking in all of the details of a song and analyzing it, but next time you’re having writer’s block or your eyes are glazing over looking at your history book, try putting on this music. It may be just what you need.

-Jonathan

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The Scientific Power of Music

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Did you know that music can be addictive, just like cocaine? There is actually a scientific reason behind our desire and urge to listen to music. Music is able to fulfill our need to feel good, and that sensation of pleasure is felt when a chemical called Dopamine is released in our brain. The sound waves of music provide a stimulus for Dopamine to release, causing pupil dilation, increased heart rate, and a response in the emotional portion of our brian. Next time you are craving a specific song, you will know why.

-Valerie

Spreading Music to the World

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As we know, music can be a great joy to listen to. The melodies and harmonies can take us places we never imagined. However, this is only half the joy of music. Music has a social aspect as well. Music can bring people together in an activity. It can make people dance and party. I love to listen to music with my friends. We point out our favorite songs and our favorite parts of the songs.

However, there is an even more social aspect to music that creates an even deeper connection between people: performing it. Performing music allows the performers to express themselves in a way no words can. Performers form connections not only with each other, but also with their audience. If a performer puts his emotions into his music, the audience will sense this and draw an even deeper meaning from the music.

Above is a picture of my jazz band practicing together. We have fun and play the songs we think sound good or that we find enjoyable to play. All the while, we are forming a bond between each other that is like none other. We spread this bond to the world by performing our music and bring the joys of music to more people. It is amazing how a group of a few people can connect so many more people. Don’t be afraid to take initiative and start your own musical group if you have the desire.

-Jonathan

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What If?

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This instrument, called the viola organista, was designed by
Leonardo da Vinci hundreds of years ago. Only now has one been constructed and played. This instrument has some characteristics of the harpsichord and organ, but has the sound of a viola. What if this instrument had caught on when da Vinci had designed it?

Think of how different music would be now. This instrument could well have become a part of classical orchestras and changed renaissance music. This just goes to show: you should not be afraid to try new things, to innovate, to be a trailblazer. You could end up creating an amazing new instrument such as this.

However, this also communicates another lesson: old ideas can still be good ideas. It can sometimes be a good idea to reconsider previously rejected ideas. Even though this instrument was designed hundreds of years ago, it is still innovative and beautiful sounding.
-Jonathan

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Music: Language that is Understood by the Heart

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“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
-Victor Hugo

The phrase “music is a universal language” is often used.  But what does it really mean? According to Victor Hugo’s quote, songs are not necessarily only about understanding the lyrics and comprehending the meaning of the words.  Often, music is about the feeling that is evoked when you listen to it.  Do you feel excited? Depressed? Nervous? Nostalgic? Because emotion is a universal trait that all humans are capable of experiencing, the lyrics of a song do not hinder people separated by geographical barriers from enjoying music.  This power of music creates a bond that can bring people together from all over the world.  What if we could use music to solve society’s problems and unite people for a common cause?

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-Valerie

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Imagine A Movie Without Music

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Magical moments, memorable scenes, touching plot, suspense, or horror. Think about it, would your favorite movie scenes be the same if there was no accompanying music? The truth is it would be completely different. It’s like taking the frosting off the cupcake or the flavor out of food. Everything that was once exciting and intense becomes bland and mediocre.

Imagine A Movie Without Music

In the classic Kung Fu movie Master of the Flying Guillotine, there are accompanying sound effects for everything.  Eerie music plays when the master of the flying guillotine emerges from a veil of fog and suspenseful music accompanies a scene where the audience is expecting something terrible to happen.  Even the punches and kicks in the air give off a pow pow whoosh whoosh sound.  According to today’s standards of cinema, the music and excessive sound effects may be considered cheesy but it really emphasizes the power and skill of kung fu masters.  

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All of you chick flick lovers, I’m sure you have looked up the soundtrack to a good movie afterwards at least once in your life to download and listen to the songs over and over again.  This is because listening to the music from a memorable movie will bring back the feeling the movie gave you when you were watching it.

Music is very important in cinema.  Not only does it bring a movie to life, music speaks to the heart in a way that a moving picture alone cannot achieve.

-Valerie

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Music as Brain Fuel

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“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it” -William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Music is a great source of brain fuel.  Something needs to spark the brain into thinking, innovating, creating, and inspiring.  Often, this spark is derived from a catchy beat, a groovy rhythm, or a classical composition.  According to William Shakespeare, author of Othello, music is the food of love.  Music can be compared to food/fuel in that it gives us energy and inspiration to think outside of the box.

-Valerie