Bitter Sweet Symphony by Erin Flannery

Bitter Sweet Symphony by Erin Flannery


True, it was a hard decision when I was decided which of my classmatesí papers to choose as ìthe one.î I considered a question when trying to decide. I asked myself, ìWhat purpose this time capsule will serve?î My answer told me that the song inside this time capsule must be one that can still teach a message while telling the future generation something about our time. I believe the culmination to this answer was found in Erin Flanneryís ìBitter Sweet Symphony.î The title is fairly self-explanatory when it refers to the word bittersweet. That is what life is. We canít expect only the good or the bad. Life is a heterogeneous mixture of both. Yet this mixture comes together in a harmonious conglomerate that is altogether something beautiful. We have the chance to give the future generation a gift. We can give them the answers before they encounter the questions. We can give the help theyíll need before they need it. No oneís perfect when dealing with life.
Weíre only here for a short time, why not make it the best time you can? Life throws things at people and one has to be able to cope and learn to solve them as best as they can. As Rolling Stone eloquently put it, ìthe lyrics address the need to cope (Wiederhorn).î In life, people are going to encounter problems no matter how hard they try to get around them. This song recognizes that fact and addresses it. The truth seems hard to come by these days. In my life, it is something I strive to give and receive. Thereís no telling how many times one person has been lied to. Letís just not mention that whole Lewinsky thing. ìBittersweet Symphonyî donates the truth to the future. No sugarcoating or hiding of facts takes place. The lyrics say, ìtry to make ends meet youíre a slave to money then you die . . .î As life is, the song is inclusive of the good and the bad. Without the bad, how would we know of the good and vice versa? This common thread of truth connects us and the future. As a student in college, I think we all find ourselves searching for what we really are and what each of our paths are going. Ashcroft, the lead singer, sings, ìIím a million different people from one day to he next . . .î This directly identifies with my life in particular. I find myself looking for myself sometimes. I feel as though Iím not who I once thought I was at times. I see a lot of my fellow students on the same mission. Moulds donít contain us. Moulds may seem hard to break, but theyíre made of nothing more than what we give to them. We have the power to break them as we have the power to make them. ìHe sings in an inspired tone, simultaneously expressing a hate for his existence and a powerful love for it (Walker).î We all have times when we love life and hate it, but only we can change it. People are the ones who make our social problems. This lack of mental strength and identity is the plague of our society I discussed in my own choice of songs. However, people are the ones who have the power to solve them. Mental strength would allow people to see the validity of other peopleís points of view and to be able to come to a compromise of some sort. People try too hard to conform the rest of the world to their idea of what it should be. This strong mental attitude allows people to live freely without the persecution of other people, even if others disapprove of their lifestyle. Along with this mental strength would come happiness. People doubt themselves, hate themselves, and donít know what theyíre doing or where theyíre going in life. This does nothing but hurt the person who carries it and the people around him or her. I know for sure that a lot of college students would be a lot happier if they could grasp the idea that their grades donít constitute them. We need to learn to accept our mistakes, learn from them, and love ourselves no matter what. I know Iíve sometimes wished for a better society. However, it seems I always looked elsewhere to find the solution. All the time, the solution has been in the mirror looking directly at me. I believe youíll find the same revelation in your own mirror. How can we hope to change the world if we canít change ourselves? ìBittersweet Symphonyî told me that life is life and we need to make it as good as we can. Enjoy what you can while you can. This song seems to be targeted toward my age group, but that isnít the truth when one looks closer. The reason for this misconception is because it is in the alternative style of music. This type of music is known to attract people of a younger age group. True, the music does have an alternative twist, but it also has a strong orchestral part in it. Aside from the music, the lyrics are ones that appeal to people of all ages. This is true because the lyrics discuss life, something we all can relate to. Life is life, no matter who is experiencing it. Socioeconomic status canít prevent life from happening. Change is something we all need. Change is also something that we find ourselves coping with on a constant basis. Ashcroft tells the listener that he canít change his mould over and over. The lyrics read, ìNo change, I canít change, I canít change, I canít change, but Iím here in my mould.î However, this is not to be taken literally. He is simply relaying the feeling that it feels like we all get trapped sometimes, and we canít break free. The repetitiveness of those words is symbolistic of the repetitive nature of life. He also sings, ìI need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah. I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now.î This is describing that wonderful feeling we all get when we hear a great song. In the first excerpt, he discloses a bad feeling and in the second, a good feeling. This is life in a nutshell. Change is life. At one moment, we can feel trapped and then feel glorious at another. Along with mental strength and coping skills, change can be tackled and made efficacious. Ashcroft sings a beautiful song that is equally meaningful as it is satisfying to listen to. It will make a great addition to the time capsule. The purpose of a time capsule is to impart the reality of our time and possibly communicate a message of some sort. ìBittersweet Symphonyî does just this. It describes the harsh reality of our time without leaving out any of the bad things. It reaches throughout the varying brackets of age to discuss the most common thread: life. Itís honest and open in a non-abrasive manner. It says that mental strength and attitudes can make a big difference. We can make a big difference. We need to look at life as a friend, not an enemy. First, to accomplish this, we all need to step forward and look at ourselves first. Hopefully, that is the message the future generation will glean from this song. A society with less problems and happier people wouldnít be such a bad consequence to pay.

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