This I Believe

Diego - Chula Vista, California
Entered on April 30, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe that music is poetry to the ears. Music has been there through both the good and the bad times; just as music has been very helpful when going through the stressful times, music has also been there on some of greatest memories I have. Even though it might be hard to believe, music played a role in the kind of person I am today.

I remember listening to music for as long as I can remember. As far as I can tell, most of my earliest childhood memories have 70s music playing in the background. Therefore, I still remember every track from the Bee Gees, Barry White, and pretty much the entire “Grease” soundtrack; as scary as that may sound, I have to admit that the music from “Grease” is very catchy. Don’t worry about me though, my parents also used to play what most people would know as “the classic stuff”, like The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, just to name a few, so I got to hear most of the “good stuff.” As I was growing up, I discovered many more music genres.

Music has actually helped me throughout my life. As I was growing up, I was the typical self-conscious teenager; starting a conversation with someone was difficult for me. Since I always listened to a wide variety of music, I remember one of the first questions I asked friends was about the kind of music they liked just so I could “break the ice.” Then, depending on the friend’s music tastes, I would start talking about certain bands from that genre, and the conversation would go from there. One could say that in a way, thanks to music, I’ve met some of my best friends.

I listen to different types of music depending on my mood. When I’m feeling lazy or sad, I’ll usually be listening to something quiet and relaxing. When I’m feeling very good and energetic, I’ll probably be listening to some great rock or dance tunes just to get me “psyched up.” It’s a great feeling when one can relate to a song’s lyrics; it’s as if the composer communicates with the listener. There are songs that remind me of a particular time in my life, a girl, a movie, or something else. It’s amazing how music can take you back; music is really one of the greatest memory triggers.

I consider myself a positive person, and I believe that music played a big factor. I look back, and I realize that I’m not the self-conscious person I once was; I’m the funny outgoing guy who dances like crazy in front of friends and sings out loud while driving without a care in the world (don’t worry though, I do drive carefully). I believe in music and the power it has to improve our way of living, and I also believe that, contrary to popular belief, “Grease” is still the word.