www.whyville.net Jun 15, 2008 Weekly Issue

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The Beat

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It's all around. It's a rhythm, a beat, a sound. It's the bird outside. It's the clicking of my keyboard. It's the humming of the computer. It's my voice singing to "Beautiful Day."

It's music.

Everyone knows music. What is it? According to Dictionary.com it's an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. Color? How can music be color? Is it the moods we feel or just the weird shapes that move on our computer when we listen to our Rascal Flatt's "Melt" CD?

To me there are 3 parts of music. Rhythm, beat, and notes.

Note: An indication of where the tone of the sound is and how long to hold it.
Beat: The steady thump throughout the song. (Tapping your foot.)
Rhythm: Patterns played throughout the beat.

Add them all together and what do you get? Music!

Ever since I was a little girl I have been surrounded by music. When my mom would play the nursery rhymes on the keyboard I would skip around singing along. I could sing with almost every "Barney" episode. And at four I was plopped down in front of a piano and taught how to play. And when I was 10 I discovered I had a good voice. And last but not least I had always had a love for the string bass. So I took it up in fifth grade. And throughout piano, bass, and singing I have discovered the true meaning of music. I could not describe it to you. It's when you hear a song like "Fanfare for the Common Man" and you get that chill from the notes. From the drum roll of the timpani to the honks of the trumpets I am truly amazed.

I don't know what I would do if I didn't have my iPod. I have almost 300 songs downloaded onto my nano and it keeps growing! Sooner or later, I'm going to need a video iPod to fit all of my songs! I have everything from Christian, country, pop, rock, to even Scottish folksongs! I dance to every song I know by heart before bed. Many songs by U2 and Hilary Duff inspire me to live my life to the fullest. I've come up with many of my articles by listening to my iPod.

So Whyville, I don't care if you are the worst singer or you can't play a single note on any instrument to save your life. I just want you to listen. And learn.

Listen to the beat.



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