The other day while I was chauffeuring my brother around town the song What About Now? by Daughtry came up on the radio and without warning a bucket load of pre-adolescent memories came flowing into my head like a tsunami. Karaoke sessions in between classes, competitive karaoke sessions after school (yes we were lame), and best of all High School Musical re-enactments any opportunity we got.
The 9 year old public school student had Mungkin Nanti playing 24/7 and remembers the karaoke session she had with her music teacher and friends during the Teacher’s Day celebration. 12 year old remembers crooning to What About Now with her best friend as our primary school years drew to a close.
As I grew older, I remember music following me through a plethora of emotional experiences. From Lady Gaga playing in the background as my classmates and I bonded, to Beyonce and The Fray getting me through heartbreak number one (odd combination, I know) and discovering the legends like Queen and Aretha in college. It gladdens me to think that with every pivotal experience in my life I have a song to couple it with.
So before you’re quick to pass off music as nothing more than a frivolous source of entertainment take some time to appreciate just how much an effect it has had to the moulding of each generation. Think about how a national anthem might have gotten a soldier through a war or how people like Nina Simone or Bob Dylan got people through the civil rights movement.