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Music spins us all

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Savannah Mul – Opinions Editor

All songs are connected to some type of memory. Even if it’s a small passing memory that won’t make a difference in your life, one way or another, the moment you hear a song—especially a good song—it will stay with you forever.

It’s a weird feeling that overtakes your whole self. From your fingers to your toes, your whole body moves when you hear your next favorite song. I was driving home one day when I first heard The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” on the radio. This song had me at the tambourines. The addictive and repetitive melody in this song is something that can make almost anyone smile. Plus, all the band members are too cute for words. How can you not smile?

But before “Ho Hey” was released into the mass radio media and continuously played every hour, there was one song that would also put a smile on anyone’s face. The song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, stole my tambourine-addictive heart and after seeing them in concert, they became one of my favorite performances I have ever seen.

I tie music to my memories, especially “Home” by Edward Sharpe. I saw them at the XL Center in Hartford and the lawn wasn’t terribly crowded, so why not dance around the field, running up and down the hill? It was great, the warmth and sunshine was plentiful. Ah, I imagine that memory every time I look outside and see snow falling instead of the sun shining.

Music is a part of everyday life, whether you realize it or not—it’s everywhere around us and easily accessible given that technology is in everyone’s pockets nowadays. The effect it has on a person to change their mood to either happy or sad, is pretty astonishing. How many things can you say that about? Not many.

For instance, the band Wolf Parade has pretty electrifying songs. Unfortunately, they aren’t together anymore and the members broke away to do their own projects, but I’m still holding on to the bagpipe dream of seeing them live one day. The music Wolf Parade made was different, they were one of the bands out there that used bagpipes, and they sure did a fine job at it. Bagpipes in music adds an element of loud noise that is more than just a drum beat and crazy guitar chords.

The sound of bagpipes in music—if executed well like Wolf Parade—is haunting and addictive; if you listen to “I’ll Believe In Anything,” you might get an idea of what I’m talking about.

Though many people might not realize how much music has an impact on their life, it does and the sounds are everywhere.

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