Importance of music in my life



Starting this paper is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do and it’s not because I think I can’t do it but rather it’s because I feel like I’ll never be able to truly say what’s on my mind. But I want to share this. I want to share my thoughts and feelings because they’re all I’ve got to let you understand the real me. So, where do I begin? I guess I’ll start off by asking two questions. Is there anything in your life that captivates you? If so, does it bring your life joy and meaning? Personally, for me, I’d have to say music is what captivates me. It’s something that’s always been able to enchant me as it plays a major part of my life. From a young age, all I could breathe was music and even now- it’s still all I breathe. My grandfather was the founder of the Joyful Noise Music School here in Cleveland and having a musical influence strongly impacted me because thinking about it now, if I didn’t have my grandfather’s influence to help guide me towards the realm of melodies and instruments, I don’t know who I’d be today.

Growing up, I’ve always looked different from my peers and with that comes the teasing and bullying for being different. At a young age, I understood what it felt like to feel alone. I understood what it felt like to not belong and how to isolate yourself because you fear rejection from your communities or from society. But as I got older and the bullying slowly died down, my interest in music only expanded. It led me to finding amazing artists with songs that resonated with me more than any other person could at the time because they understood. For instance, in 2015 there was a song I heard by BTS and the title of the track is ‘Run’. Though it’s a love song, I related to it in the way of being desperate for self-acceptance, desperate to chase after my dreams, desperate to find a new beginning. For the first time, not only was I understood but I was at peace.

It made me realize that music gave me a voice when I felt like I didn’t have one. The lyrics in my favorite songs spoke of my pain and sorrows, of my highs and lows- it spoke for me in volumes when I couldn’t speak for myself. It gave me an outlet to freely express myself in the comfort of my own room where I could hold mini-concerts for myself and sing all of my frustrations away. With so many songs coming out each year, each month, each day; there was never a dull moment when there’s so much to connect to and think about. Each song holds individual meanings and these messages are for the audience to be able to find relevance in their own personal lives. Being able to see and feel how impactful music is not only to me but to others, it makes me want to be impactful. It makes me want to be a pillar of strength and growth.

 Life wasn’t easy for me and it still isn’t but knowing I have something to find solace in makes everything easier. It makes my journey of self discovery easier. Music inspires me to help others find a better today but happiness tomorrow. I want to be someone who can help others feel understood, to ease their worries, and welcome them with open arms. I want to be someone who can help others find their voices and stand tall with confidence. Music is my mentor and because of its influence, I want to inspire others to be themselves. To most music is just an art form but for me, it’s a part of my identity.