GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 55
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people say that music is a good way of bringing people of different cultures and ages together.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is expressed by some that music transcends cultural boundaries and blurs the disparity in generations. Although I believe that they exaggerate the impact of music patching up the differences in ages, I steadfastly agree with the notion that music is a handy tool of bringing people of different cultures together.
To begin with, music is not good at reconciling the generation gaps. In fact, from empirical evidence, it seems that most people incline to enjoy the songs from their formative stages and they very often look upon the current vogue of music with disdain. This happens because every epoch has its trend of music that profoundly shapes a particular paradigm of though and people tend to pick specific songs and singers that they relate to a certain period of their lives. To justify the same, there is an epitome of our family. I love to enjoy the songs of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, whereas my father prefers the insightful lyrics of The Beatles and Scorpions. Thus, music keeps the differences between generations in a salient way rather than bridging the gaps due to the different trend and characteristics of different eras.
However, music has become the universal language that unites the people around the world, regardless of nationality, race, religion, or creed. This is because the underlying structures and melodic elements of music are similar across the world. Some recent research reveals that humans worldwide share the same universal musical grammar. So, people all over the world can comprehend the messages of music regardless of its origin. That is to say that music can serve as an emotional hub of cultures, expressing feelings that are common to all. A good example here is Wind of Change by Scorpions. The song has become an international sensation due to its rallying cry for unification, for liberty, and a message of hope. The song brings nations of disparate cultures together through an overwhelming urge to solidarity, freedom and a sense of optimism.
To reiterate, music contributes to generational disparity for its intrinsic fashions of a particular period. However, there is compelling evidence that it is a magical instrument that forges the bonds between the disparate cultural groups.