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Fixing a Bittersweet Creep

Music has played an important role in the daily lives of people everywhere and perhaps the most influential music has come from British artists. The Beatles faced a problem when, John Lennon innocently stated that The Beatles were, in fact, more popular than Jesus. In the song "Fixing a Hole", The Beatles sing about the problem with the media. The song "Creep", by Radiohead, deals with a personal problem. It illustrates the writers frustration, and inner turmoil with his life in a negative, self-hating way. The third song, "Bittersweet Symphony", by The Verve, is written in a way that explores the writer's inability to change his life. He sings a negative spin on life, and has written this song as a reflection on how his life is not turning out the way he had hoped. Writing music is a gift, sometimes thought of as a therapeutic process, and the varied styles of writing can be illustrated in three songs; Fixing a Hole", by The Beatles, "Creep", by Radiohead, and thirdly in "Bittersweet Symphony", by The Verve.Paul McCartney wrote, "Fixing a Hole" in 1967. It was written in reflection to the problems the band was having that year with the bad press they received after John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. In the first verse John sings about fixing a problem. "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering." This is an indication of the hopefulness that their problem could be fixed. In the line, the problem is symbolized as rain, and the band as the shelter, that can be fixed, enabling future problems from getting in. The band shows a positive outlook in their future in the line; "I'm painting my room in a colorful way." This line shows their ability to move on in their lives. The colorful paint, however, would be an indication that The Beatles had no way to fully fix their public image, and would try to "band-aide" it from the public. The Beatles showed some defensiveness in th...

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