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In expressive arts we are studing the topics the 60's. We listened to the song "7 O'clock News/Silent Night" Simon and Garfunkel.

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Simon and Garfunkel 7 O'clock News/Silent Night" In expressive arts we are studing the topics the 60's. We listened to the song "7 O'clock News/Silent Night" Simon and Garfunkel. In 1956, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were juniors at Forest Hills High School in New York City. They began playing together as a group called Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph, so called because he always liked to track hits on the pop charts. As seniors in 1957, they then started writing their own songs in the Everly Brothers' rock and roll style. The famous duo wrote and composed many number 1's and were one of the most popular groups on the 1960's. They worked together until the 1970's when Paul Simon's began his own solo career. The song "7 O'clock News/Silent Night", was a great success, and made a statement about the 60's. The song begins with the group singing the Christmas carol silent night accompanied by a simple piano melody. ...read more.

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Also because the violence and murder is taking it reminds us that we cannot overlook and forget about these things that are happening. He mentions the fight in the House of Representatives that broke out, in relation with the civil rights bill. He also about the equality between black and white people in the 1960's. At this point this is being read the words "all is calm, all is bright" this completely contrast from the subject about racism but the song is representing a sense of tranquillity as if everything is okay when it is not. The newsreader talks about may famous and well known subjects that happened in the 1960's. One of the most tragic and gruesome topics is about the murders of the 9 nurses; he reads "The notorious Richard Speck was accused of murdering 9 student nurses, gruesomely stabbing and strangling them one by one." The words from silent night are "Silent night, Holy night All is calm all is bright", this is another contrast from the moods portrayed from the song and the news, and the newsreader is talking about the murders and grief that occurred at this time. ...read more.

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I believe they wrote the song to show the audience to help each other, and the leave in peace and harmony to make the world a better place, and to help others with problems and not overlook them and blank them out because one day you may need help. Throughout the song and the news go on you get cold and negative images of the events from around the world, he does not go into detail about each subject but by using negative language can out his point across through the language and tone. You could create a drama piece around the subjects brought up in the news, or to completely contrast the happy and peaceful things that happened in the 60's. I have seen how to use 2 different songs together to represent different meanings and to show the battle between peace and war in the 60's. I could use any topics talked about in the news, as they are all liked to the 1060's. By Sarah Dawson 11V4 ...read more.

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