I Believe in the Power of Music

Jack - LaGrange, Illinois
Entered on September 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in the power of music. We are surrounded by music at all times from the subtle rhythm of someone tapping a pencil in class to a song running circles in your head. It’s part of the human nature to enjoy music or even obsess over it. Everyone has their favorite song or favorite band and you can tell a lot about a person by the music they enjoy. Music can aid our emotions at times, a happy melody helps a crack a smile when we are down, and a serious song lets our mind meander around memories and it helps us slow down the world for the time being. I think music comforts us so much because it can change so quickly yet with a click of a mouse we can be right back to where we were before. For instance a new song comes on a play-list and if you don’t like it you can move right on. It takes no commitment and the songs we love will always be close by.

Music has the power to bring us back to memorable times in the past. Some songs take me back to working on procrastinated projects an just praying that it would just finish it self. While other songs make me remember special times with my friends. My most powerful memory that music has created is that of my grandma’s funeral. I was in the car with my brother driving over to the cemetery. The cold winds lifting up the bottom of the suit coats and the frozen tears on the faces of many. Yet the thing that was most powerful was the CD that was in the car. It was The Fray’s hit song at the time “How to Save a Life”. Whenever I hear that melody my heart hangs a little lower and I go back to the front seat of the car staring out the windshield looking for something to get me through that day. That’s my story but I think that we all have some sort of memory that is accented with music. When you realize that it’s the music that makes that memory so much more real to you, that’s when you can truly believe the power of it.