Music can teach, preach, emphasize, relate, and even remind us of the important things in life, things that we were taught to do when we were even in Kindergarten. Music can take you to places where nothing else can take you. At times lyrics, rhythm, and melody can have such an effect on you, it can actually move you, and I know at times there
are many songs that send shivers up and down my body. Lyrics are what I believe
that capture a person and make them realize and remember the significant aspects of life.
Take the great late Michael Jackson (MJ) for example, his songs emphasized the simple rules that we were taught in kindergarten. His songs, We are the World, Earth Song, Heal the World remind us to love, cherish, appreciate, protect, and respect our world. Robert Fulghum’s, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, stated
a few rules that we were taught in Kindergarten:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands,
and stick together.
” (Fulghum 2003)
These simple rules still apply to us as adults today and music helps emphasize and keep it in the back of our mind, with a catchy phrase, or deep lyrics. Lyrics such as, “Did you ever stop to notice the crying Earth the weeping shores?” or “Did you ever stop to notice, All the children dead from war?” – Earth Song –MJ. I know my most emotional song of Michael Jackson is hearing the first few seconds of Man in Mirror, something about that beat, rhythm, and melody that throws me over the edge, every time I hear it I get goose bumps. I think I am so connected to this song because the lyrics are just extremely real. “If you want make the world a better place, take a look at yourself then make that change.” Songs like this that bring us back to our kindergarten rules and
remind us that these weren’t just rules, those rules were the basic guide to living a good happy life. Even Jessie J’s Price Tag song, “It’s not about the money, money, money, we don’t need your money, money, money, we just want to make the world dance, forget about the price tag.” Music like this is what brings back the humanity in us.