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Musical Brilliance

Music is without a doubt one of the best things life has to offer. With a major variety of genres, everyone can find their taste. Music says a lot about a person and definitely has the potential to shape moods, feelings, or even one’s state of mind. As early as I can remember, my parents […]

Music is without a doubt one of the best things life has to offer. With a major variety of genres, everyone can find their taste. Music says a lot about a person and definitely has the potential to shape moods, feelings, or even one’s state of mind.

As early as I can remember, my parents have incorporated as much musical influence  into my life as possible. My dad especially has exposed me to every genre of music out there. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll head, so that’s pretty much what I listened to growing up.

I remember one occasion when I was really little, he was sorting his records and made me come in the room so he could explain each one. Every album had a different story related to it, and he made sure to take his sweet time telling every little detail. Even though I was barely paying attention, I definitely admired just how passionate he was about music.

As I’ve grown up, I “inherited” his infatuation with music. I listen to songs as pieces of art rather than just white noise. I can deeply appreciate what kind of effort and message the artist put into their work. I use music in everything I do, and I love exploring new songs.

I’m more of a song over artist type of person, meaning I listen to random songs but don’t necessarily pay attention to the musician’s other work. I get made fun of for my music taste a lot because some people say what I listen to is awful, so I keep my music to myself. I don’t share it with others and I never go on aux with my friends. It’s not that I’m afraid I’ll be made fun of, but like my dad, I associate songs to different stories, and I don’t want anything to come in between that.

I’m so grateful that I have a musical family because it helps me genuinely appreciate the art form. There’s nothing better than that feeling of freedom as I drive down the highway blasting whatever music I want, just letting the words and rhythm sink in. 

Mahlet Iseley (‘21), thinks of music as expression. “It’s a way to connect without having to have a direct conversation.” This is a very interesting perception of music, as she thinks it creates an inner connection with one’s self rather than with another individual. It can be both a personal experience or a thing to share with others.

“I feel like I can tell a lot about a person through their music taste,” she says, adding that she can usually get a sense of what someone is feeling when she hears the songs they listen to.

Mahlet says she can listen to anything, but it really just depends on her mood.

“I can listen to R&B 24/7. I just kind of put on whatever music fits my mood, but I also like that music can change my emotions.”

She had a very difficult time trying to come up with her favorite artist and song, and she couldn’t give me an answer.

“I’m really bad at picking favorites in general, but especially when it comes to music,” she claims.

Being close friends with Molly myself, I can say she knows how to set the mood of the time being with her on aux. She is able to read the room and put on music that everyone can vibe to.

But she did add that TikTok ruins some songs that she really enjoyed at one point.

“SZA is one of my favorite artists, and “Good Days”– I can’t listen to the song one more time. I literally hear it every single time I open the app.”

Hearing the same 15 seconds of a song with every scroll can surely drain the draw of a song. Molly made it very clear that she loves the musical realm and opens her horizons to what other music is out there.

Joe Solari (‘21) takes the idea of music to a whole new level. “Music to me is religion. It’s a way to cope with emotions, it’s a way to achieve a certain feeling, and it’s also a way to get turnt.”

For him, music is attached to specific memories, so he’s good at connecting his current emotions to a song to relay those instances. The best example he gave demonstrating this is explanation of why the Avett Brothers are his favorite musical artist. He has seen them in concert numerous times, and they mean something very special to his family.

“If I was in a coma and they needed to play music to make me wake up, they would play the Avett Brothers,” Joe says. When he wants to connect to those deep meaningful memories, he just listens to their music, and he instantly meets that feeling. He tends to save their songs for when he needs them most because he gets sick of songs pretty easily after hearing them on repeat.

He’s even musical himself, being a drummer. He also plays a minimal amount of guitar, but mostly sticks to drumming. He says playing an instrument has helped him really appreciate the art of music.

Music is truly an incredible art form. It’s amazing to see how people interpret it differently, but can also identify its beauty. Everyone has a different perception of what music is to them, but at least everyone can agree that music makes the world go round, as corny as that sounds. 

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