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Thursday, 27 February 2014

On Journal Day #02

We all have songs that really mean something to us. Often just hearing it can take us right back to that place and we are able to re-experience the memory associated with the song. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but either way music has the ability to really draw things out of us and evoke deep emotion. Choose a song that has a particular meaning to you. Tell the story of the memory associated with the song, sharing as much detail as you can. Take us there; let us experience it with you.

Music has meant so much to me for as long as I can remember. I've always been fascinated by lyrics and they are what have lead me to become infatuated with songs. There are those certain songs that I can just relate to, in every line. I think music can be such a comfort when you realise that you aren't the only one who has felt a certain way. When I read this prompt I had to think for a while; so many songs to choose from... should I choose a recent one... one that is linked with sad or happy memories - the thought track went on. 

I suddenly remembered the first time I heard She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5. I was twelve years old, in the mountains in Romania for the first time, with my best friends and our parents. We were driving across the mountains, having had an amazing day exploring quarries (trust me, it was more exciting than it sounds). The first few bars of She Will Be Loved played through the stereo and something just stopped me from carrying on the conversation I was having about something or other to just listen. 

Maybe we were tired, maybe we just wanted a break from talking, whatever it was, we all shut up for the first time in a long while and listened. As the song went on I was drawn into it more and more. I loved the lyrics and Adam Levine's voice. I thought about myself, right at that moment, and on how things were starting to change. I was starting to grow and become more self-aware. It's an odd age, being on the brink of adolescence. I was still very much a child, spending my holidays with family friends that ranged from one year to four years older than me. I found that interesting too, and listening to the song, I thought about all this and what kind of person I would become. I was very aware of myself in that moment, possibly for the first time, and I wasn't thinking about things that children think about all day long, I'd allowed myself to properly think about everything. 

Before I knew it the song came to an end and we had arrived at the house we were staying in. I remember feeling surprised but content. I felt peaceful and happy and amazed, all at the same time. This may not be an incredibly significant moment in my life, but I think it was defining and I always find myself back in that car, with the feeling of possibility surrounding me, whenever I hear She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5. 

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