Kitara Song Promotion

Nonno Kato

The song “At The End Of The Day” shows how the poor are desiring a change and a hope in their future, despite the fact that they still have a reckoning to do in order to have more voice in society. I chose this song because the emotions of the singers sang by different dynamics and tones demonstrated their positivity for facing forward. This song can be valuable in many aspects, such as understanding the perspective of the poor in the 19th century, and how it taught me that life has given everyone an opportunity to achieve and succeed in life. By receiving this message, I was able to understand how I should always be confident and move forward even if I stumble on the way. It was also meaningful to me because they were still willing to change the future even during their difficulty and misery, which demonstrates how judgments and determinations is an important key in life.

Defense - Nonno Kato
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Ryu Katayama

The year is 1832, the citizens of France had enough of their mistreatment by their government. They finally decide to revolt, although it might cause their lives. The citizens of France aren't afraid to combat the government even if certain death is on the horizon. They fight for freedom and this is their rallying song. I hereby repeat, “DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING”


A musical piece from the critically acclaimed novel turned musical masterpiece, Do You Hear The People Sing is the culmination of the revolution. Led by the Friends of the ABC, a college revolutionary group, they attempt to create a barricade and protect themselves from the ensuing French army. When all hope is lost, they remember this song, and it rallies them together. If the citizens of France are unified by this song, they aren’t afraid of anything that is thrown at them.

Defense - Ryu Katayama
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Kaori Perez  

I started to make this poster with a free writing activity that basically made me choose a song to promote it. I decided to do it about this song because its meaning and melody make me feel inspired and since the first time I watched the movie Les Miserables, Do You Hear The People Sing became my favorite song of the film. While choosing the quotes for this poster, I realized that the whole song had inspiring quotes in all of the lyrics, so I chose my 3 favorite ones.

Because this song is one of the principal and most recognizable songs from the musical, it has its own different adaptations and versions in  English, French, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Czech, Chinese, Danish, Icelandic and Turkish. 

Defense - Kaori Perez
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Hiroaki Hayashi

"Singing in the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown. The song was first published in 1929 but was later brought back to the broadway as centerpiece music for the movie, "Singin' In The Rain." (1952) To this day the song stands as one of the most well-known and successful songs in the world. 


The song can be well interpreted by the title itself, "Singing in the Rain." Usually when people think of the word "rain," a lot of people think of the words such as angry, sad, dark, and etc. But in this song, it teaches us to be happy even while it's raining. Which relates to my poster's theme, "You can always be happy if you choose to be."  It's not the rain that is making you feel negative, but it is rather YOU that is making you feel that way. You can all make a difference today, but the decision is up to you. 

Defense - Hiroaki Hayashi
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Rion Park

During the 19th century, France was in the middle of the revolutionary war. This song, "At The End Of The Day" composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg which were used in "Lés Misérables", a musical based on the 1862 novel, indicates the voice of people who are suffering in starvation, social hierarchy, and difficulty of feeding their children. With all these problems, people have hit their limits and claim their rage, sadness, and desperation. This song starts with the phrase, "At the end of the day" filled with hopelessness and madness.

I chose this song because this song shows people's emotion clearly, including their desperation towards the lack of food and money. This song has made me realized the importance of what we have right now. Our life filled with tools and nourishment are not ordinary to countless people around the world. Thus we should not take all the supplies, food, and warm clothes for granted. This safe life standard has been made by the people who support and works for us. This song conveys the rage of the people, but also the gratefulness of what we have.

At the End of the Day - Les Miserables
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Ranko Hong

Defense - Ranko Hong
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Broadway. There is no show like a Broadway musical. It reaches out and touches the audience’s heart, pulling them into a different world. Each performer practices for days and months striving for perfection to create this amazing piece. However, what happens in the back where nobody can see? The process isn’t simple, especially for the auditionees. These people have been dancing for years just to be selected for a position in a show which is a really risky thing when you do not have a stable job to rely on. The audition takes about a few minutes, but in the auditionees’ hearts, it’s one of the most important “few minutes” in their lives. It’s “the” few minutes that would lead them to a new path in life or pull them back into their usual lives. “I Hope I Get It” is a song filled with tension, anxiety, and a small hope of the auditionees.

Sasha's Freewrite on "Singin' in the Rain"

Everyone has their own demons or shadows; the sinister thoughts that plague you at night; the memories of a tragedy that linger in the mind relentlessly. There exists no such thing as a perfectly happy person, that only exists in folklore and fairytales. The reality is that life is but a short and painful experience, in which potholes are the norm and a clear road an abnormality. The world is cruel, dark, and permeated by suffering; and the question raised from these knowns has baffled philosophers and gazers of the night sky for millenia: Why is it so beautiful? Singing in the Rain is a classic song from the musical of the same name which features a man that’s—you guessed it—singing in the rain. The song, although lyrically very simple on the surface, has the underlying theme of grief, depression, or trauma, that haunt people throughout their lives. These forces are symbolically referred to as the “clouds so dark up above” and “stormy clouds,” in the song. The refrain “I’m singing in the rain” is a display of abject optimism, and represents the author’s ideology of laughing death and tragedy in the face, enjoying life to the fullest despite everything working against them. Although the musical portrays the lyrics very literally, the subtextual moral of the importance of optimism and positivity in the face of tragedy shines through if given a second thought—or listen perhaps. The reason why this particular stance on optimism is so unique from other strains is because it does not call for one search to for a silver lining or refuse to acknowledge the negative aspects of life, but rather urges one to accept those “dark clouds” of life, and to enjoy life in spite of it. In this sense, Singing in the Rain promotes a lifestyle of nihilistic optimism, in that in order to enjoy life to the fullest, one must take the shadows and tragedies of life in stride and to be joyous in tandem with those forces by choosing not to give them the dominion over your joy that they demand.


Kelly, G., Donen, S., Freed, A., Green, A., Comden, B., Rosson, H., O'Connor, D., ... Warner Home Video (Firm). (2000). Singin' in the rain.

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