“She keeps Moët et Chandon in her pretty cabinet. ‘Let them eat cake,’ she says, just like Marie Antoinette.”
When I was a little kid my parents were obsessed with Queen. Most of my memories of car rides and lazy Sundays with the stereo on are supplemented by the sounds of “We Will Rock You,” “Killer Queen,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” At the time, I didn’t understand what any of these songs meant. I also didn’t know anything about the band. They could have been a new band from the early 2000s, for all I knew. I didn’t need any context about the song or the band itself. I loved listening to the songs through long car rides or while watching my mom making dinner. These songs became part of my childhood.
A few weeks ago, the Bohemian Rhapsody movie premiered in theaters. Suddenly, I noticed pop stations were starting to play Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody” again. I found this strange because it was a song I listened to in my childhood, and it was now making a comeback in my early 20s – almost the same age my parents were when they first heard the song. I finally saw the movie this past Thanksgiving weekend. Seeing it made me realize how much of an impact these songs had on my childhood and how much they still impact me today. The movie also made me think about just how much of an impact music has on everyone at different points in their lives. Queen’s music is incredibly powerful, as other artists music is. It’s amazing to think that music made about 40 years ago can make a comeback and still have a powerful impact on a person years later.
That’s why I love music. Music has always been there for me throughout my life. It has been a friend, a therapist, a family member, and much more. I’ve laughed with it. I’ve cried with it. It has been there for me no matter what I’m going through. That’s the incredible thing about music – no matter what, it’s always going to be there when you need it to be. Music has always and will always have an impact on its listeners.
Here are a few reasons why I love music:
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is just one example of how music doesn’t need to belong to a specific generation. The song was released in 1977, but younger generations, like the one I’m in, are still able to appreciate it. Some songs may define or become the anthem for one generation, but it isn’t confined to the one generation. My parents listened to Queen well through the mid-90s and into the 2000s. I remember the albums being on repeat. My parents didn’t care if there was newer, cooler music. They wanted to listen to Queen, so they did. By doing that, they exposed my sister and I, a younger generation, to music that was originally made during their generation. While my sister and I weren’t able to appreciate Queen as much when we were five years old as we do in our 20s, the songs still made an impact on us. Older songs from before the 1970s also continue to have an impact on current and future generations. Music is for everyone of every age.
It Becomes the Soundtrack For Your Life
I’ve talked about this a lot before – music is like my own personal soundtrack for my life. Ever since I can remember, I have listened to music pretty much every single day. Songs come and go, but what I’m listening to at that exact moment contributes to my memories of a specific event in my life. I can also remember specific events in my life based on songs I hear. “California” by the Lagoons reminds me of going to New York City when we first started dating. “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha reminds me of when I went to homecoming in high school. Music has helped define certain moments in my life. I really do feel like I have my own personal soundtrack. When I listen to those songs again I get a sense of both comfort and nostalgia. I’m really glad that music has been such a big part of my life and that I’m able to have songs that remind me of different stages in my life.
It Helps You Feel
Throughout my life, music has given me so many feels. It has also helped me express my feelings many times. There are certain songs, like “Ronan” by Taylor Swift, that make you feel very emotional even if you have never experienced any event like what the song is describing. There are also other songs that add to whatever you’re feeling at the time. “Off to the Races” by Lana Del Rey is still the definition of the kind of love I feel for Adam. Music, especially the poetic lyrics used to describe certain feelings, has helped me feel and express my emotions. Music is a great outlet for any negative energy. When I’m annoyed or angry I’ll listen to a high-energy rock song, like “Fake It” by Seether, to kind of get rid of all that pent-up energy. Songs seem to always say what we’re feeling in the moment, and it feels really good to hear what we’re feeling played back to us.
Helps You Connect
Music doesn’t ever judge – it welcomes everyone and anyone. Music can certainly connect people. It can help connect two people on a date when they hear a song they both like. It can help connect millions of people together throughout the world, just as easily. Music gives people a sense of belonging. When you hear a song you can connect with you feel as though the artist understands you. That makes you feel included. Music has a worldwide power that not many other things have. Think of how many songs have gone viral throughout different countries and how people of all different shapes, sizes, and colors are able to sing the same exact lyrics. It truly is incredible that music has the power to do that.
I have always loved music, and it has been a huge part of my life. It’s always been there for me to teach me a lesson, to help me feel, or to help me connect. Even music that I heard as a child still has a powerful impact on me into my adult life. Take some time to appreciate the music in your life and all that it has done for you throughout the years.
How has music impacted you, my Dolls?
Something else I’m thankful for? All of the people in my life. Find out more by reading “Who I’m Thankful For.”