Music Shapes Me: My Earliest Memories of Music

Jada Gilpen, Staff Writer

Do you think that the music you listen to or use to listen does really mean anything about your identity? Whether you realize it or not, music is a big part of who you are. 

Music is a contributing factor to`human emotions and the display of emotions almost everywhere and everyday. Brains are affected by music through their sounds and lyrics. You hear a song on the radio and it could trigger a memory in your brain that you thought you’d long forgotten. 

Lullabies take you back to your childhood and make you think of all the love and fun you had. My grandma was notorious for singing to all of us grandchildren “My Little Sunshine,” she would sing us to sleep, help calm us down, or even to make us happy once again. Now everytime I hear it I think of her and all the love she has for me and has given me for the past 18 years and even when she is gone I’ll always remember and smile.

When I was younger, another song my cousins and I would always want to sing was “Sittin at a Bar,” which was totally inappropriate for us at the time, but that’s why we loved to sing it. We would ask to sing the curse words of course and we felt like the coolest little kids. We even choreographed a dance to go along with the song. Dressed in backwards ball caps and other parts of our costume, we videotaped our creation at a bar that my grandma owned. Although we lost the video and have no idea where it could be, we’ll never forget how much fun we had together and will always remember that memory once we hear that tune. The connection between music and emotional cues are apparent and definitely promote access to memories.

 By listening to music, you feel others’ emotions and hear their stories throughout the lyrics whether fictional or reality. I visualize the struggles NF, famous singer/songwriter, had growing up and hear the lessons he is trying to teach people from his own experiences. Songs like these open up our eyes and make us realize what we are and what we should be grateful for in our own lives. Music has made me more socially rounded.

I’ve grown up with a mother who was only a child herself. Ever since she was 18, she has been trying to figure out how to help me grow. She has taught me more things than she could ever imagine, but the best memories with her were when we would jam together. My 3 or 4 year old self would be in the back of her car singing my heart out to Fergie, Pink, Avril Lavenge, and the Black Eyed Peas. I thought I was the best singer, whether that was true or not. I know my mother was my best friend and her taste in music made me a diva who would take no one’s crap.