I choose the song “How Sweet is to be Loved By You” by James Taylor because it reminds me of special memories I’ve had with my mother over the years. After my Mother passed away, I’ve had many things to remind myself that she’s always there, including this song. The song starts off with a tone that is happy and pure just like my mother’s optimistic personality. The way the music is all upbeat and has a catchy rhythm reminds me of classic groups like the Beatles, the Police, and Bob Marley. My mother and I would listen to this music whenever she was driving. It also reminds me of fun things I did with my mom, like watching movies, tv shows, and asking how my day went. It also reminds me of how much she loved and cared for me whenever she helped me with my school work and bought whichever videogames came out. A lyric that stands out to me is “I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were.” I’m able to connect to this quote so well because it makes me flashback to all the times my mom was there for me whether I was mad, sad, or stressed, she was always was there to comfort me during those times. This quote also represents that her house was always my home, no matter what, even if I ever ended up moving out, she would always be there to accept me and keep me safe. In another quote James Taylor sings, “I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were.” This quote identifies how my mom would always be there and help me find a solution to the situation by listening to problems I’ve had, whether it came to school, family, or work. Another important quote that caught my attention was “I close my eyes at night wondering where I would be without you in my life.” This quote links to how I would wonder if I didn’t have my mom what position would I be in, and how would I feel? In the end this song makes me feel all kinds of emotions, like happiness. Reflecting on great memories I’ve had with mom from childhood to kid to teenager makes me feel a strange mixture of emotions like regret, sadness, delight, and in the end happiness. This song speaks to me in a special way because of this and will always have a special place in my heart from here on out.
“First Date” is a song by Blink 182 off their album “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”. The song reminds me of a time in my life where I wasn’t so busy, wasn’t so stressed, and long term goals weren’t the driving force for every decision I made. The band had been around for some time, and had just recently made the transition from a punk style underground band out of San Diego to this mainstream band played on the radio and MTV. My group of friends and I had started listening to them in 7thor 8thgrade and did so tirelessly. What attracted us to Blink was the same that attracted everyone else. They sang about dumb stuff, they sang about rebelling, and they sounded good and had catchy songs while doing it. Blink 182 was the epitome of what myself and my friends thought of when we thought about Southern California or any beach town, which is something we all so desperately wanted at the time. They put a sound to all of the activities we did as a group of friends. We would sneak out at night before we were old enough to drive. Wed do dumb shit around the neighborhood or sneak out to a friend of ours that was hosting a girls sleep over and hang out all night. The best way to put it is, Blink 182 was and sang about everything we wanted to be while we were in a young teenage years. First Date, has a special place in my heart because it is my favorite song by a band I grew up with. When things get stressful now that I am older, listening to First Date helps take me back to a simpler time when I didn’t care about much outside of what was for lunch and who I would be hanging out with after school.
“Hold On” by Extreme Music inflicts a direct portrayal of how my life looked only a year ago. I found myself in the darkest place I had ever been in the last 17 years of my life. I felt completely alone, and isolated from absolutely everyone in my private life. My favorite lyric of this song is ”Hey up there your arms open wide spread your wings and fly But the sun is always there to shine. The clouds don’t own the sky.” This is a direct link to my senior quote that was “She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings” by Atticus. This song is a song of hope for anyone contemplating their lives no matter what the condition of their life is. For me it was because of a controlling abusive relationship turned stalker. It is something that goes unspoken of and it happens every single day. Most victims are told it was our faults, when in fact no one is prepared for their life to be turned completely upside down. The line “the clouds down own the sky” means that even in our darkest days there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. That although physically and emotionally scarred from the events of the past, we learn to forgive and never forget. Or else no one would be able to get on with their lives. As humans we only get one chance at living, why go through life so focused on the things of past. When we can live for today, worry about tomorrow. This song tells that there will always be a tomorrow as long as you are willing enough to fight and see it through completely to the end. I know I did and never looked back, and that choice saved my life. This song is an anthem for those losing that hope, that no one is ever alone.