Before I start, I want to ask those of you who are currently reading a simple question: what is your favorite song? Simple I know, but have you ever thought as to why you like that particular song? Is there a particular reasoning as to why you love it so much? Do you have some emotional attachment to it or is it more of a feel-good song? Either way, there is no wrong answer. Music can make feel different emotions all at once. It can make you feel sad, angry, happy, or excited. It can make us forget the world around us and lets us relax to its sound. At least, that’s my reason to what music is capable of. I wanted to talk about music in general impacted my life ever since I was only a kid and so forth.
Not many teens my age remember their childhood that well, heck, even I’m guilty of that issue. We would usually need some type of reminders, like old photos or videos, to remind us of our past, but this is where music can also leave a mark. I know all of the current nursery rhymes that parents teach their children nowadays, I mean I should know because those melodies have been around for a long time. Furthermore, I also remember a few other songs from the early 2000’s that I never understood until now. You see, my dad always that it was a good idea to play old rap songs in the house because he always thought that I would never understand the true intent behind those songs and he was right. I can remember listening to the Black Eyed Peas every time I ran around my childhood home. I never understood the lyrics, but I did like the way that music itself sounded. Even at a young age, I didn’t have to know the message of the song to love it, but now that I’m older, I finally know why my dad never let me listen to those songs when I began to learn about the inappropriate meanings behind them.
When I was around 5 or 6, I would always remember watching old Disney movies with my family and the songs that came with them. This was when I began to understand different words with the help of others who cared for me. Disney is also a huge part of my life, but we’ll get to that in another post. My favorite Disney songs always came from the princess movies, more specifically ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Aladdin,’ and my all-time favorite ‘Mulan.’ I didn’t just love these movies because of the amazing animation and plot. They hold a special place in my heart because of the memorable songs with their lyrics. Try me. There isn’t a single song from any of those movies that I can’t name right off the bat, such as ‘Friend like me,’ ‘Reflection,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ etc. Even today, people like me still remember these songs from their past and they choose to continue listening to them right now. Don’t even get me started on ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ because that song isn’t leaving anyone else’s memories anytime soon. Music can have a long-lasting effect on everyone.
As an everyday teenager, you must learn to adapt to the changes around you. Some old songs from the past may not be as memorable today, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t broaden your horizons or in this case, your ears. Nowadays, teens like me would always want to know what the latest trend is, so we can easily follow it. The trend could be something funny, artistic, or musical. Music really knows to evolve for the modern generation. I always hear people talk what latest album from their artist that they got and the newest hit song on the radio. Popular singers and bands are always going to be the talk of the town when it comes to Music. Take me and my friends for example. Everyday for lunch, we would talk about many different topics that we would normally have opinions on. For music, we like talking about classic or modern rock bands, like Panic! At The Disco, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc. We all share different opinions on the same passions that we continue to love today.
Sometimes, I usually listen to music in order to isolate myself from the stressful world around. Whether the song is calming or energetic, I always manage to feel better in the end. Music inspires others to express themselves in ways that they can’t by just talking to others. Music is not just an interest that you pick up on and then abandon. It sticks with you in so many different ways. That’s how I feel about this subject. How about you?