Art moves us to experience emotions. While painters convey complex emotions on the canvas with the work of prismatic colors, musicians convey complex emotions through the art of composing meaningful music with moving lyrics. They paint not on canvas, but instead paint their masterpieces for your ears rather than your eyes. Music has the power to connect listeners in ways other artistic outlets cannot. It is a rare treasure, one that we often take for granted. I first stumbled upon the voice of Carole King one day by pure luck. I was flipping through vinyls at my local record store when I came across a cover that seemed too simple. Displayed on the album were a cat and a woman casually dressed in a sweater and jeans next to a window. In the left corner of the album, there were a couple of burnt orange letters that spelled out, “Carole King Tapestry.” Although this album looks rather ordinary, the emotions engraved inside are anything but. Intrigued, I decided to buy the album and quickly drove home. I cleaned off my record player and carefully dropped the needle down, and so began the best 44 minutes and 33 seconds of my life.
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We like to think that the music coming out in 2022 is futuristic and the first of its kind, but that is only sometimes the case. Most songs on the radio today take inspiration from songs of the past. These inspirations can be found in countless ways; they can be found through the bass riffs of the songs, the lyrics themselves, or can even find inspiration from a whole decade. The 1980s, in particular, have greatly impacted the music we listen to today. The music of the '80s is taking over the pop charts, and it doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.