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Music is a very important and influential aspect
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 deep down in our souls. It is a time machine
that instantly triggers 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 sparked 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 Thriller 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 a 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.

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