The singers of these songs confess longings, sins, cry out against the conventional, and crave escape from the immediate. ("Urban dictionary: Emo," 2012) This is easily reflective in the image presented in Paige Bradley’s “Expansion.” This is beautiful visual representation of the desire for or potential of the human being to ascend from the confines of its physical form. The ultimate and ideal form of escape.
It is not just music that can be influenced by societal concerns, but, both, philosophy and religion, as well. There is an innate freedom of the modern era that allows the freedom of thought. The variation of beliefs and philosophies that exist and are expressed are immense. That said there is so much potential thought, so much potential creativity, so much possibility that, eventually, all of man-kind will have no choice but to burst from the restrictive confines it no longer needs. This, also, can be compared to the image and message of Bradley’s “Expansion.” This is that moment when this person is released into a new existence whatever it may be. It is like a rebirth. Lastly, most religions have been established for centuries and are difficult to influence to change. However, even some of the world’s strictest and unchanging religions could find an agreeable familiarity in viewing the image that is “Expansion.” Here we see a restive, peaceful, person transcending from their mortal human shell to become their natural ethereal state. This is an expression that can easily be perceived as supporting of many religious views.
In the end, as with literature, film, and television, the areas of philosophy, music, and religion are affected by the needs, wants, and concerns of the people who live within that society. The theme of this age seems to be escapism. The potential and enticement to be able to go beyond what we are is an underlying and largely shared desire. Human