Daniel Felsenfeld's Rebel Music

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“Rebel Music” Response In the day and age of electronic music, classical music, ironically, is popularly seen as a thing of the past. In Daniel Felsenfeld’s narrative, “Rebel Music”, he talks about his interaction with classical music within his early to adult life. This appeals to me because I fit quite similarly to the kind of story he tells, but more on the vocal music spectrum of things. The drive of his essay was to dictate how he categorizes himself as a rebel. To me, it brought up how he learned to fall in love with music, the meaning of being a “rebel”, and how it became a passion. When assessing and responding to a narrative discussing musicianship through a timeline, a well-informed and experienced author is needed. Felsenfeld does a fantastic job satisfying those needs. Through the craftsmanship of his simplistic narrative, he conveys a widely relatable …show more content…
People that defy the social norms that most of us unconsciously follow are what I would deem to be rebels. Felsenfeld defines rebels as people who seek to break the mood and do something that’s exclusively “theirs,” and to be weird by way of self-expression (par. 13). Part of the sense of rebellious tendencies reminded me of Alina Tugend’s essay “Multitasking Can Make You Lose… Um… Focus” and how she focuses on what society already does so commonly and arguing to do the opposite. This sense of potential insubordinate nature shows that both being a conformist and counteracting standard culture-scripted life has been a part of human life for ages. Tugend suggests against to the common ways of multitasking with supporting evidence, then suggesting at the final paragraph that was simply focus on “single-tasking” instead (Tugend par. 33). To me, this shows how she is a rebel in society and recognizes that following social norms (like e-mailing and talking on the phone) can cause problems with attention and quality of work (par.