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VoiceNotes #004

Melodies, Beats, and Lyrics: The impact of a personal life soundtrack

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What is a personal soundtrack, but a world we build for ourselves to live in, that is composed of melodies, beats, and lyrics? We have a song for everything--the moment you began your first job, where you were when you heard that news story about a tragedy, or how the music made you feel when you went on that first date. Music is linked to more than physical moments. They are portals to a catalog of emotional memories from different points in life. It can point to places in our lives that remind us of how we've grown--or where we need to work. 

For example, I recently told someone about a moment I'd had during my quarter-life crisis--I was standing at a bus stop on my way to a job that I didn't actually hate. I had headphones on and was listening to my recently purchased Black-Eyed Peas CD- Elephunk. By the time the bus was arriving, I had reached track #4 titled Hey Mama-, and I somehow had spiraled into an existential life crisis and was weeping at this bus stop--and was, from what I remember inconsolable. Don't ask me what triggered the lament, but I definitely remember the music. The entire scene would have fit perfectly into a coming-of-age movie--I was definitely giving main character angst.

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