I believe music can change someone’s perception on life.

Erin - Springfield, Illinois
Entered on February 24, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Have you ever listened to a song over and over again because you just

couldn’t get enough? Have you ever had a favorite band that could help you make

decisions with their music? There are certain songs I can listen to that

can help me better understand everything going on. I believe that music can

change someone’s perception on life.

There are certain songs I can listen to that help me understand what is

going on in my life. I love hearing a song for the first time, and every lyric

describing everything that I am going through at the time. It is very

reassuring knowing that I am not the only one dealing with that particular

situation. When I am in a bad mood or upset about something I tend to get in my

car and drive around for a long time. I have the music up very loud. After hearing

music that gives me more energy and relieves stress , I am more relaxed and am able to rethink my situation in a more calm manor because I was able to fuse some of that

frustration. This particular situation has happened many times, especially when

I am in arguments with my parents, friends, co workers, etc.

Music can help alter my moods, it has a way of taking me away from the

world. I would choose listening to music over watching television or being on

the internet any day. It is my chance to escape the world and really let go.

The best song to help describe how music feels to me is American Pie by Don

McLean. He describes the way he felt “The Day the Music Died” – when the 1959

plane crash killed Buddy Holly. He was McLean’s Hero and to him rock and roll

as he knew It had died. The line that says Did you write the book of love, and

do you have faith in God above, if the bible tells you so? Do you believe in

rock n roll, can music save your mortal soul, and can you teach me how to dance

real slow? is my favorite part of the whole song. He makes references to other

music written prior to this song, and wants to know if anyone else feels the

way he does. Don McLean emphasizes the importance of music to him, very similar

to the way I feel about music I enjoy today. Regardless of this song being sad,

it always cheers me up. It reminds me that rock and roll to me isn’t dead and

that good music can still exist.

In many different ways and genres, music has helped shape my life. I

have made life altering decisions solely based on a song I thought had

significant meaning. Music will always be a huge part of my life and I believe

can change someone’s perspective of life.