Life I was a child and how scared

Life without music is something that I could
never imagine. It is by far one of the most important and influential aspects
of my life. My life wouldn’t feel complete or right without it. Looking back,
it has always been a part of my life’s journey. It has always been my getaway
and is the only substance that brings me peace. Music is not just something we
listen to but something we feel in the depths of our souls. It is our very own
time machine that instantly sparks our memory and takes us back to a time or
place. Sweet and precious memories come to mind of my father playing Curtis Mayfield or my
family dancing to Before I Let Go by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly at a summer
cookout. My love for music was started by my parents and continues to be
influential. Whenever I hear the song “Never Give Up” by Yolanda Adams, it
takes me back to my 5th-grade graduation. For the ceremony, the entire
5th-grade class was required to sing the song for our parents and guest. The
teachers and staff would take time out of each school-day helping us remember
the lyrics. Although it was difficult for the teachers dealing with little 5th
graders, who could not keep still or focus, it was a success. We practiced this
song so much that still to this day I can recite the lyrics without hesitation.
Another song that comes to mind is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Listening to
that song always takes me back to when I was a child and how scared I was of
the video. This was something my older brothers would constantly tease me
about. They still bring it up on multiple occasions. One of my favorite artist
to listen to is Mary J. Blige. This was bound to happen because she was all my
mother listened to when she was pregnant with me. I can recall hearing her
music play throughout the house frequently as a child. My mother would often
tell me that she is the reason why I love her music so much. In addition to my
mother, I interviewed my sister who is pregnant, and she stated that she often
listens to music that is relaxing for the baby. Whenever the baby hears certain
music or someone’s voice he responds to the sounds by moving around. By talking
to my mother and sister, I came to the realization that music has always been
influential and important in our lives. As stated in the video “The Music of
Man”, sound and rhythm are our communications. We heard long before we could see.
Music is our form of communication. The sounds we hear as a fetus is our first
connection to our mothers and is an introduction to the world around us. It is
beneficial for the baby’s development and it prepares him or her for all that
there is to learn in life.