This I Believe

Jonathan - Houston, Texas
Entered on February 28, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: creativity

I believe in music. It may be a tired saying, but I believe the right song could change the world. That also might be untrue but it doesn’t stop it’s power over me. It changes my world Constantly.

Once I was in a walmart. I was in the music section, window shopping, as I usually am when I go to walmart. I like shopping online. None the less I was standing in the middle of a Walmart music section when I picked up the soundtrack to the U2 movie “Rattle & Hum”. This was a few years ago, and they were trying out this new technology where you could preview a few tracks before you bought the CD you wanted. A few months after previewing this Album the technology wouldn’t work at all.

So I have the community headphones on and I scanned in what CD I wanted to test drive. I listened to the 30 seconds of the first few tracks and then skip to number nine. The name of the selection was Pride (In The Name Of Love) and It was the live version from the movie. At first there was silence, but it was at maximum Volume by the verse. I was really digging what I was hearing. This version of a song that I’ve heard almost since birth became new to me, and I was getting pumped up and ready to scream the chorus with Bono. But while I was taking in the air I needed for that task, I quickly realized where I was and how much the housewives around me wouldn’t like that. So I just imagined myself screaming for the reverend Martin Luther King in a walmart.

For the rest of my life and even now, I still have moments like that. Moments where I can’t help but be emotional over a song and I see the world in a different way, it sends goosebumps down my arms. Not many things can do that to me. This is why I believe in music.