English 100 – Summer 2010
Presented to: Michael Torrence, Ph.D
Life Without Music
Trying to imagine life without music is unbearable. When I think back on my life I realize that music is a soundtrack to my personal story. Music has played an intricate part of all my social experiences. Every party I’ve ever been to has had music. Playing music has brought me extreme joy and has centered my soul. Most importantly though, music has helped me to find love and start a family.
One of my earliest memories as a child was being at a party my parents were having. They were playing The Beatles and Elvis Presley along with other oldies tunes. I felt the music grab me and pill me in. After hearing this glorious music I had to experience more. So I started going through my sister’s record collection, then my parents. I found all different styles and genres of music. The more I listened to the more I wanted. It wasn’t long until I had my own record player, and my own records. Soon I was standing in front of a mirror with a baseball for a guitar singing along to all this great music.
Music became a focal point in my life. I can honestly say that the worst party I’ve ever been is one where there is no music. What else can get people moving like a good tune? Music is also a great conversation piece. People hang out and talk about their favorite artists or songs. Debates rage about who’s the best or what genre is better. My favorite is to listen to a group do music trivia. There are all sorts of games that can be played that involve music as well. Let’s not forget the great invention of karaoke. This gives people the chance to get up and sing your favorite songs either by yourself or with your friends. It never seems how bad you are, just as long as you have a good time doing it.
The have been numerous times in my life when I’ve been down and out. Music has always been there to help me find my way back through the darkness. A good song...