This I Believe

Melody - Midland Park, New Jersey
Entered on December 11, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: creativity

I believe that music is life’s medicine. When I feel angry, I turn to music to try and release my anger. I do this by going for a long run outside with my music. When I run, I always find myself listening to the same song over and over again, “Because of you” by Kelly Clarkson. I know it’s getting to be an “older” song, but this pop song is my song that helps deal with my anger and makes me feel better when I’m done.

When I am feeling happy and in a good mood I like to listen to music that continues the feeling of joy. I like to think of it as “dancing on cloud nine” type of music. Whether it’s a mix that a friend has made for me, or something classic like “Walking on Sunshine”, anything can work for me. I like the songs to be upbeat and cheerful, and sometimes I find myself dancing around to it. However, that usually only occurs when I am really happy.

Music further helps me when I am sad. I always find that listening to the “blues” helps me. I have so many different songs that I choose when I’m sad, not because I get depressed a lot, just because many of the CD’s that I have bought include sad songs. I think that my “usual” song would have to be “You” by Switchfoot because whenever I hear the song it reminds me of a sad part in my favorite movie. I must admit, I usually end up crying when I listen to a sad song, but I like to close my eyes, like I’m in my own world and let the tears roll down my face.

When I was younger, I always had a hard time falling asleep. So, to help me relax, my parents would sing me a lullaby every night. This would put me right to sleep. When I grew older, I began to love classical music because it reminded me of that lullaby. I played the violin for six years, which included wonderful music for me to relax to. Now, when I am stressed out, I turn to classical music. One year, my father gave me a CD called “Violin for Relaxation,” and now I use this instrumental CD to relax. It helps me just listen to the notes and reflect on my life, not concentrating on everything I have to do.

When my friends are feeling sad, or stressed or any other way, I usually crank up the radio or put in a CD and just let them get everything out. It helps. Everyone needs that time to just let out the emotions, and to me the best way is music. It help’s me better cope with life. It’s my life medicine.