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Describe a song that means something special to you

IELTS Cue Card Question 149 with Model Answer:

Describe a song that means something special to you.

You should say:
  • what is it about
  • who the singer is
  • how often you listen to it
and explain why this song has a special meaning to you.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
The song I prefer most is ‘My Heart Will Go On’ that has been used in the 1997 blockbuster movie ‘Titanic’. The song is about the promise to keep someone in the heart until the death. Life goes on. But there is some emptiness around. The song is about the emptiness and reassurance to keep the beloved in the heart.  The song has a special meaning to me.

The movie – Titanic belongs to the romantic genre but the final scene is highly pathetic and many of the audiences have even dropped tears for the tragic event between the male and female protagonists. Since my first watching of the movie, I am in love with the song. The lyric of this specific song tells about the inner feelings of my heart as well. The song is also about the lacking of the dear ones. It promises to keep the dear one inside the heart. The unfulfilled desire to love the man is hurting the woman inside. So, she is in the mood which the song describes. It is pathetic to live a life without the desired man or woman and if someone is to live, life becomes dull and boring. The song is all about such a situation that Rose (the leading female character in the movie) experienced throughout her entire life. She was in love with Jack, a penniless painter. But if everything went right, she could have formed a nice family with Jack. But the disaster with the ship did not allow her dream to come true. The lyric describes her inner thoughts and feelings. Though she formed her own family later, she did not find peace and was in search of the real love that she left on the mid-sea. The song lyric slowly describes the situation and creates a sense of sadness and sympathy for Rose.       

Famous Canadian singer Celine Dion has sung this outstanding song. She is a woman of diversified talents. She is a singer, songwriter, sometimes participates in acting and even a businesswoman as well. She was born on March 30 in 1968 in Quebec. She was brought up in an extended family and started her career at an early age. She started singing when she was a teen and experienced different struggling periods. Her recognition came during the 1980s and she started winning different awards in several contests. Some of her albums have been released in French during the 1980 and she signed with Canadian studio. She emerged as a pop artist with her English album named Unison. As a result, her name spread as an influential pop artist throughout North America. Consequently, she started releasing English albums in line with French albums and has established herself as one the most successful pop singer in the world. She is the female singer who has established herself as the most popular singer in several languages. She is equally skilled in English and French language and sings different songs in both of the languages. She took a break at the end of 1999 to be with her husband who was diagnosed with cancer and came back again in the singing arena in 2002.

This is the best song ever for me and there are no specific times for me to play the song. When I am at my office in the morning, I play the song whenever I want. Besides, I have a copy of the song on my iPod and listen during the walk in the morning. Sometimes I like the song in the evening when I feel cheerless without any specific reasons. Besides, there are even no special moods for me as well but when I start listening, a sense of gloominess covers me up.

The song is very special to me. It has a deeper meaning. It tells a tragedy. Falling in love is natural but when someone loses the beloved even before having any formal relationship, the events turn worst and the sorrows have no limits actually. I was unfamiliar with the song until watching the movie. After watching the movie, the song ticked into my brain and I found the original song from the internet. It was 2009 when I first watched the movie and get the song. Since then I play the song at least once in a day. I am in fact in love with the lyrics. The song is all about the untold sorrows of a woman who lost her love on the sea. I feel sympathetic for her and sometimes try to feel like her. It is also special to me as I have also lost my man. He was in the army and died in an accident. We were set to get married but the accident shattered our dreams. A sense of emptiness surrounds me. Everything appears worthless. Thereby, it appears that all the lines of the songs are composed for me only. Thus I like the song very much.

Model Answer 2:
In Bollywood movies, most of the songs are composed based on the situations. But despite the situations, I am in love with a song named “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” from the movie of the same title. Thank you for the question. This reminds me of the song and I will describe it.

The song is about not to get split or even if they are split, they should remind each other. This is a romantic movie where a couple got involved in a strange relationship. Both the couple is married but with different people. When they encountered each other, they come to know about them very well and starts to reexamine their existing relationships. They find dissatisfaction with the present husband and wife.

The singer of the song is Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik. Both of them are renowned singers of the country and have been singing for a long time. They have an enviable career. The lucid voice of Sonu Nigam attracts listeners of all ages. He has been singing in movies for a long time. Undoubtedly he is one of the best playback artists of India. On the other side, Alka Yagnik is another famous singer of the land. She is also a great singer and enchants her audiences with her sweet voice. The song is written by Javed Akhter, another legendary song composer of the country. He also has contributed a lot in the music industry of India.

I am a student at a local university and cannot manage enough time for recreational activities. But I love to listen to music and have made a playlist of my favourite songs. This is one the songs that I listen regularly but there are no particular frequencies. Since the playlist is large, it takes time for the song to be played from the list. So, in a week, I listen to the song at least thrice. But if the song is in my mind, I instantly play it. In fact, I am in love with the song for some unknown reasons.

The song has some special meaning. First of all, it is all about lyrics and music composition. The lyrics contain some matters about the dissatisfaction of life. It is about the suffering of heart that one cannot express or show to others except those who are feeling the same. It helps to heal the heart wounds. The song is also about the separation of the souls that met together in some circumstances. They were expecting each other. But they had to be separated. Despite being separate, they want that they should remember each other. They also should keep them in mind. Based on all the matters, the song has got a special type of meaning to me.

Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:  

"Describe a song that means something special to you." 

1. The song is about a journey to the sea. A sailor started his journey to reach a place but he does not know whether he would be able to come back or get his livelihood in the sea. It was sung by Billy Joel – a famous singer. I frequently listen to this song. The meaning of the song is special to me. The song is about the life and dream of an ordinary sailor who is struggling to survive. Survival of the sailor depends on fishing on the sea. But he is unable to catch plenty of fishes that can help him meet his needs. Moreover, life in a sea is challenging and full of surprises.

2. I love listening to Hindi movie songs. The song was about the marriage of the female protagonist. The song was sung by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This is a special song to me for several reasons. In fact, the inner meaning of the song is different than it is shown in the movie. The heroine was married off to a stranger and the singer was playing as part of their usual acts. They did not understand what was inside the mind of the woman who was getting married. But some of the lines were really heart-touching.

3. I think there is hardly any person who is not familiar with the ‘Beat It’. This is one of the most popular songs of the time. Michael Jackson is the singer of this song and it has played an important role in his life to make him more familiar around the world. The song has a different appeal to me. First of all, music composition is special. The lyric of the song is also wonderful. So, when you will listen to it, you will feel something different inside you.

4. Usually, I love to listen to instrumentals and I will never forget the one from a western movie ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly. The composer of the track was Ennio Morricone. It was the theme song of this movie and got a global popularity. Even, in the present days, people use this theme on their mobile phone as a ringtone. I listen to the theme song whenever I get a chance. I have a charming feeling to the theme song. When I listen to it, I feel that I am walking in a desert filled with moonlit night. I can hear the sounds of horses around me and the movie appears before my eyes.

5. Hotel California is one of the best songs in the world. It is about a hotel where you can check in but cannot check out from your mind. The theme of the song is described in different ways by different people. This is like a journey to your inner mind. You will get matured in the passage of time. But some other explanations are available as well. I usually listen to the song irregularly. But however, it has a different appeal to me. I am heavily attracted to the music composition and the lyrics.

If you can talk about the cue card topic “Describe a song that means something special to you” you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe your favourite song. 
  • Describe a song you often listen to. 
  • Describe a song or music that you really like.

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