Former students Lizzy and Keenan pair music and writing
Lizzy Wiegers (June, 2013)
When I was in kindergarten, I went to my very first concert. Britney Spears was playing, the girl everyone was listening to back then. She went crazy performing, starting the show by coming out of the center of the stage, dressed in an over the top gown rising up like a dancer out of a music box.
I'm sure if I had stayed awake long enough for the ending, I would have fallen even more in love with her than I already was at the time.
Although I still listen to Britney from time to time, my music taste as evolved over the years, just like me. I go through phases where I'll only listen to one genre, the genre that I feel fits whatever I'm going through at the time. When I was in elementary school, I loved The Beatles and my dad was always playing the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. That time was filled with road trips to the mountains and the feeling of being wild, young and free. In middle school, when what I was going to wear and who I sat with at lunch was the most important thing, I made sure I had all the songs off the iTunes top 40 list on my iPod so I could sing along with my friends at dances. High school it changes every year. Freshman year I listened to more indie rock type music, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, etc. I was really lost freshman year, I didn't know who I was or what mattered to me. So I preferred to get lost in my music, it allowed me to get out of my own head. Sophomore year I listened to a random selection of music, but it was always something upbeat and fun. Something you could dance and just let loose to. Ratatat, Passion Pit, Foster the People, and the whole Project X soundtrack were some of my favorites in 10th grade. The songs I would blast in my car while driving my two best friends Maddy and Kacee all around Denver. Now it's all about the rap, Pro Era, Mac Miller, Joey Bada$$, Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.
No matter what I'm listening to, the music always has to fit the mood. My reason for this is I learned at a very young age musicians have the innate ability to capture all the conflicting feelings you could be having at any given moment, and make it all make sense. Music can remind you that you’re not crazy, you’re not the only one who feels that way. You just have to find the right song. Musicians get it, though, and they're some of the only people who do. I know whatever I'm going through, there's an album, specific song or artist that can help me get through it. As long as I have music I'll never be confused or lonely, because I know that someone else knows what I’m going through; it's the best friend that will never let you down.
To put it simply, music fills the ever constant void I carry with me everywhere like nothing else can. People will let you down, even the ones who have good intentions, books will have disappointing endings leaving you feeling angry or sad, and the day you just want it to be sunny you'll wake up to dark clouds lingering in the sky. Music is the one thing that will never let you down, it will fill you with whatever feeling you want to be filled with, that's the beauty of it. Music is the one thing that understands my soul.