Of all the friends who’ve come and gone in my life, music has never left.
It always seems to know what to say and how to say it, be it through a note played at the perfect time or lyrics I’ll always rely on.
It never laughs at me for over-thinking things, but it can get my mind off them if I want it to.
It has picked me up at my worst, been there to celebrate with me at my best and played on in the stages in between.
I can’t explain the feeling of first love, but when Ryan Cabrera’s “True” travels through my ears, a sensation resurfaces from somewhere in my chest, and I’m in 9th grade again. I’ll move on now before this turns into a poem and I give my friends way too much ammo.
Screw it. Kid Cudi’s “Up, Up, and Away,” just shuffled on my iPod, and I’ll fix up a Sonnet if I damn well feel like it.
I just hit skip because I wasn’t feeling it, and the Beatles are now playing. I’m sorry for the expletive – that hip-hop can really bring out the hostility in me.
But music gives you a license to be whomever you please, and quite literally nobody can tell you otherwise when your favorite tune comes on and you close your eyes and sing along louder than full volume can even play it. Everybody with a soul can appreciate music, and it mixes well with any situation.
The Rolling Stones woke me up this morning, Tom Petty took me through the day and bedtime belonged to City and Colour.
If I’m going to a party, you can pretty much guarantee the Black Keys are coming with me. On my last set of lifts in the gym, nobody’s getting the bar off my chest but Kanye.
For better or for worse, music makes memories, giving us easy access to our past. I can’t remember why my parents grounded me that one time, but I can still sing every line of the Eminem song I listened to in retaliation.
Side note epiphany: that’s why parents hate rap!
Anyway, music shapes us and gives us direction and I’m repeating myself and quite obviously writer’s block has begun to settle in.
But no worries, I’ve found a B.B. King track to take me through to my conclusion.
Music can bring soul to the most hopeless of situations. No matter if you’re high on life or simply want to escape it for a while, music will bring you to a better place.
Never mind what happened to Miley – that was all Disney’s fault.
Make your parents proud, please your professors, but always listen to your playlist.
And of course, when in doubt, plug in and tune out.