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Audience Perception of Framed Music during Times of War
Unformatted Document Text:  Music During Times of War 15 In this song, there was heavy reliance on the security and comfort found through the attention, protection, and care of the family. War on Terror Song Content Analysis <INSERT FIGURE 4 ABOUT HERE> Analysis of Figure 4 indicates that the love and security/comfort themes were equally popular for the year surrounding the World Trade Center attack. The popular love songs featured the lyrics “you’re my darling angel,” “freeze dried romance,” and “the way you smile, it drives me wild.” While some songs directly mentioned and repeated “love,” some songs indirectly referred to love by accentuating a soul compatibility. The popular security/comfort songs featured the lyrics “your hero,” “family affair,” and “hey sister, go sister.” There was a repetition of family as a means of security, both through biological family and the “family” generated by the support of a gender uniting. As well, the savior appeared in some lyrics as a means by which the singer could be rescued from life’s problems. The reminiscence songs were slightly less popular, featuring lyrics “you remind me” and “a girl that I once knew.” The idea of memory and reminders served as predominant symbols in these songs to convey a sense of reminiscence. The patriotism theme was hardly framed in the popular music of the year, only seen in the “Star- Spangled Banner.” This song is clearly patriotic as the national anthem of the United States. This lack of popular patriotic music indicates the lack of audience interest in the music framed with this theme. Conclusion Through these findings, this study was able to analyze audience music preference during times of war. The first hypothesis stated that wartime popular music would reflect a mainstream focus toward patriotism. I found that this hypothesis was not supported. With the collected research, I could not confirm that during times of war, the audience preferred popular music framed with a patriotism theme. True, during World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was an increase in the amount of

Authors: Graham, Erica.
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Music During Times of War 15
In this song, there was heavy reliance on the security and comfort found through the attention, protection,
and care of the family.
War on Terror Song Content Analysis
<INSERT FIGURE 4 ABOUT HERE>
Analysis of Figure 4 indicates that the love and security/comfort themes were equally popular for
the year surrounding the World Trade Center attack. The popular love songs featured the lyrics “you’re
my darling angel,” “freeze dried romance,” and “the way you smile, it drives me wild.” While some
songs directly mentioned and repeated “love,” some songs indirectly referred to love by accentuating a
soul compatibility.
The popular security/comfort songs featured the lyrics “your hero,” “family affair,” and “hey
sister, go sister.” There was a repetition of family as a means of security, both through biological family
and the “family” generated by the support of a gender uniting. As well, the savior appeared in some
lyrics as a means by which the singer could be rescued from life’s problems.
The reminiscence songs were slightly less popular, featuring lyrics “you remind me” and “a girl
that I once knew.” The idea of memory and reminders served as predominant symbols in these songs to
convey a sense of reminiscence.
The patriotism theme was hardly framed in the popular music of the year, only seen in the “Star-
Spangled Banner.” This song is clearly patriotic as the national anthem of the United States. This lack of
popular patriotic music indicates the lack of audience interest in the music framed with this theme.
Conclusion
Through these findings, this study was able to analyze audience music preference during times of
war. The first hypothesis stated that wartime popular music would reflect a mainstream focus toward
patriotism. I found that this hypothesis was not supported. With the collected research, I could not
confirm that during times of war, the audience preferred popular music framed with a patriotism theme.
True, during World War II, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was an increase in the amount of


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