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The world that we live in is a dangerous and dark place There is no area that is immune to pain in suffering but there are ways to deal with the pain and try to see the finer points in life Music is one of those ways In James Baldwins short story Sonnys Blues music serves as a momentary exodus from the shadowy world of the Harlem streets At the narrators school the boy is whistling a tune while his peers are engrossed in evoking the evils of society The sharp clear sound his whistle emits is the only pure sound in the vicinity it is the only light in the darkness One boy was whistling a tune at once very complicated and very simple it seemed to be pouring out of him as though he were a bird and it sounded very cool and moving through that harsh bright air only holding its own through all those other sounds Page 2 We were in front of a bar and he ducked slightly peering in but whoever he was looking for didnt seem to be there The jukebox was blasting away with something black and bouncy and I half watched the barmaid as she danced her way from the jukebox to her place behind the bar And I watched her face as she laughingly responded to something someone said to her still keeping time to the music When she smiled one saw the little girl one sensed the doomed still-struggling woman beneath the battered face of the semi-whore The music stopped the barmaid paused and watched the jukebox until the music began again The woman mentioned in this passage leads a depressing life Shes a scruffy barmaid whose only escape from the harsh reality of life is the notes and voices reverberating from an ancient juke-box Its her life-line When the music stops the woman stops dancing she is yanked back into the present
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