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  • A Beautiful thing about the Pine Ridge Reservation is the religious and non-religious singers.

    I think the singers on the reservation make beautiful sounds and make lovely music. The way our people make music is a unique and interesting way to show people that they got talent. Singing has a variety of uses at certain occasions or just to sing. Music has been around for a long time and the way it sounds all depends on the person that’s making the music. The singers use to music either to help somebody or to sing a song for that special someone. We use singing in many different ways and in everyday life. Singers have different types of singing there’s religious and non-religious singers which both make music either to help someone out with a song or to sing them a song using English words. The music all depends on what the person is singing about, or what their trying to say to somebody. I know everyone has their own vocals and they choose how it’s used when they sing it’s either high or low. Non-religious singers use their music in a different way to make money or to sing a song in words to the people or to someone they love.

    Religious singers make use the music for many different reasons at all types of events. Singing is a way of life and every song that we sing has a meaning to it. When we sing at different occasions we are either trying to help the people or someone that needs help with whatever they might be having a hard time with, or if they have some issues to go through. There are all kinds of songs for everything on earth, because we believe everything has a meaning and it should be treated equally. Some songs that are we sing are used at Pow-wows, birthdays, graduations, honoring’s, memorials, and other events. These songs they use are similar to the songs that send out prayers, but these songs could be heard with some English words in them to make a song. I have had experience with religious singing when I was a young girl my dad had a drum group, and at the time I was dancing but I knew a lot about the singing. As I got older I am still learning about the music that we sing and the reasons for singing them. I like singing with the drum groups and the other women singers. We use singing as a way to keep moving forward in life and to keep striving for the future. The music does have a lot of meaning to the people and it’s also a way to share your feelings for someone. Some songs could make you laugh and be happy, and some songs could make you feel sad or even cry.
    Rap and Country music singers have their own ways of singing their songs, and using their music for certain occasions. The rap and country singers have their own ways of telling the people something that they see or what they’ve been through. These singers usually make their music for someone that they love or they make a song to show somebody how they feel. Rap and Country singers have the choice to make their music sound the way they want it to. They use their music for many different activities that might be going on, and for some the music says something to them. The music they make sounds wonderful and when you really understand the music some songs could make you feel good. The Rap and Country singers mostly sing their songs in English and sometimes they add a little bit of Lakota words into it. The songs they make do have their ways of making someone feel better or making them feel sad it all depends on what they’re going through. The people that sing rap and country use their singing talent as a way to make a living. Some people could make it universal and sell their music all over the world in order to keep moving forward, and to help support their families.
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