Tunes of the Soul

Music makes the world go around.

Alyah Craig

Music is everywhere. I will wholeheartedly stand by this statement until the day that I die. Not only has it affected my life in a variety of ways, but it has also altered my perspective on the world.

Like many people, my taste in music has been continuously changing over the past ten years. My elementary school years mainly consisted of listening to whatever was blaring through the radio of any given car ride, or finding an interest in the songs we were forced to sing for our after school choir group Syncopations.

Middle school, however, is a completely different story. Call it what you want, but the stereotypical “emo phase” definitely hit me harder than most. Dark clothes and colored haired most certainly came my way, but the music is what really fueled my newfound flame of angst.

Photo by Kaleigh McCarthy

Post-hardcore rock is, to this day, some of the best music I have ever come across. At the time, everyone else was still stuck in the groove of simply listening to the latest hits on the top charts. I felt like my love for rock culture had to be disguised, hidden in a whirlwind of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and One Direction songs. High school is basically the mixing of the different musical worlds. The weirdest of rap songs found their way into my heart, indie music started to create the most beautiful background noise and my rock playlist arose from the depths of Spotify.

I don’t understand why it took me such a long time to wrap my head around the idea that music is not only universal but subjective as well.

Music is one of the few things that everyone can relate to and make some type of connection with. Lyrics with underlying meanings or storytelling are combined with all sorts of different beats to create what we perceive as an ultimately perfect song. No matter the genre, artist, or symphony of instruments, all music has power. Music can move you, break you, heal you and even alter you. It all depends on the person, place, or thing.

In a way, I believe we are all somewhat reliant on music. I certainly was in middle school and, as a current senior, can honestly say that a day without music is a very dull one.