Music has always been a huge part of my life. I remember sitting in my room as a teenager, listening to records and cassette tapes of my favorite artists – Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, Men at Work, Journey, Loverboy, REO Speedwagon. Oh, the 80s. Those were the days.
I listened to songs mostly for their beat and sound but I also listened to song lyrics and dreamed about a life and love that I hadn’t yet experienced. It was like a window to the world and what it might look like for me someday.
As the years went by, my taste in music changed. And, my reason for listening changed. I started to really listen to lyrics to find meaning. Music started to move me in a way it never had before.
In the last year, as I journeyed through the biggest changes in my life, music spoke louder than ever. It felt like my favorite artists were writing and singing for me and about me and somehow they knew me. I felt connected to music in a whole new way. The window had become a mirror.
My current soundtrack includes That Wasn’t Me by Brandi Carlile, Try by Pink, Born and Raised by John Mayer (this entire album, actually) and Freedom by Tyrone Wells.
What music speaks to you and why?