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Title: Popular music and communication in interpersonal relationships 
Author: Ongyod, Anthony
Date: 2003-05
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: This research investigates how people use popular music, particularly wedding songs, to communicate. Participants were gathered at a bridal expo who either "Have a Wedding Song" or have "Witnessed a Wedding Song". Results indicate that people do indeed communicate using music. Interpersonal partners have a wedding song because a wedding song is symbolic, tradition, expresses feelings, important, and romantic. Couples chose a particular song for their wedding because the appointed song expresses the couple's feelings, has sentimental value, is representative of the relationship, has meaningful lyrics, and sounds good. The most important messages communicated in a song were: "I love you", "I want to be with you", and "I want everyone to know how I feel". The most important emotions were: "Love", "Warmth", and "Happiness". Finally, wedding partners generally communicate to their partner or to both their partner and the audience. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.
Description: viii, 122 leaves
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