The music that I listen to is about as unique as anyone else, I have a wide arrange of genres that I like to listen to, as I assume most everyone does. The fact that this song is considered to be a “Folksong from the Armenian choir of Jordan” raises questions of the similarities and differences between the music that I call folk music and how it relates to the artifact. I believe that the styles of the Armenians, while vastly different from American folk music, bares some striking resemblances to it as well.
This piece is quite beautiful, it has fast and slow elements about it that entice it’s listeners to continue to pay attention. II believe as though there is a struggle happening in the song based on the tone of the piece, the key that the vocalists are using causes a feeling inside me that there is a struggle behind this music. A lot of Bob Dylan’s folk music developed a sense of sadness and struggle, such as “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”. However, much of the folk music that I think of today was not used for detailing a struggle, but was more based around Americana and the nationalism between all of us Americans together.
When I think of classic American folk music, I think Don McLean, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and John Denver. I think of songs like “American Pie” and “Piano Man”, songs that are uplifting and have catchy chorus’, not ones that have fast-paced, minor melodic keys that evoke feelings of panic. After learning that this song is about a bird, it was interesting to see how the emotion and pace of the song contributed to my thoughts on what the song might actually be about.