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February 2019

The Power Of Music


Jack Bretl

February 21 2019


The Power of Music

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” 


Music. Music in literal terms means this; vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Music to me is a way to express yourself in a way other than words or images. I listen to Music to rise me up or to set me down. different songs, notes, and keys can change how your day goes. there are many songs that I like too listen to in the morning to start off my day strong. most of these are  up key songs that  are made to make people feel better. then there are the songs that I listen to when I'm down. when I'm looking up from the bottom and can't see anything but thick clouds and when I have hit rock and I mean rock bottom. wether it's a bad grade, or something more personal like the rejection from a girl. these songs are the most important ones. these are the ones you remember and the ones that make you cry. Music is so powerful and it takes time to recognize its power because it uses its power when you least expect it. One SONG can change your entire day. it can also change how you play in a sports game. Music is my tom to my jerry, with out music in my life, well my life would be different. So as I sit here listening to Billy Jo  ( lead singer for Green Day) beat the crap out of a guitar I remind you that whenever you need any type of boost music is there for you.

By: Jack Parker Bretl

Wild Geese

Jack Parker Bretl

Wednesday February 6th

WW Fenn Poem Choice 

Wild Geese

by: Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes, 
over the prairies and the deep trees, 
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.


Being good isn’t everything. In Wild Geese By: Mary Oliver that os the first line. As soon as I saw that sentence I knew that I would like this poem. This poem is based around the fact that just becuase you can do all these crazy things cowed this mean the rest of us can’t and won’t. It also talks about how there is a place in the world for you. This poem also has a great deal about loving yourself and for you to do you. I also think of this poem as an anti-suicide poem. The sentence “ who ever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.” really speaks to me. In my mind it means that no matter your athletic ability, knowledge, or popularity the world will enjoy your presence. This poem reminds me of a song by Green Day Called Still Breathing. Both the song and the poem are inspiring and meaningful. I’m very excited to start my journey in not only memorizing the poem but learning more of its meaning and how Mary Oliver would want to hear it.


Rest in peace Mary Oliver, you will never be forgotten.