Songs that made Southern students feel heard in high school
For most of us, music acted as an escape and a chance for reflection back in the turbulent times that were our high school years. For some students, music was like mirrors to our experience, something that words could not quite grasp.
Candance Naude, a music major, characterized her high school years as “stressful” and found music to be a passionate avenue in which to invest her time in. She said that she was not so much into contemporary music, but rather expressed a love for orchestral music.
“I love soundtracks to movies, scores. It makes me feel in a way that no other music makes me feel,” said Naude, who went on to list Thomas Newman and Hanz Zimmer as her favorite composers.
Jaromy Green, a musicmajor with a concentration in electronic composition, said that punk rock band Yellowcard has remained a staple throughout his life.
“I love Yellowcard. I like everything that they put out. My favorite song by them is probably titled “Sing for Me,” said Green. “It’s actually one of my favorite songs of all time. It just speaks to me very deeply and emotionally.”
He credits his decision to move down to Texas as a catalyst to his discovery of the new music.
“When I went down to Texas I made a group of friends. They got me into Punk Rock,” said Green. “We had a punk rock band and we did a couple of competitions locally with [other bands.] I just fell in love with that genre of music.”
Mikayla Hickman, a music major with a minor in music history, said that her taste had considerably changed since high school, which made her more appreciative for her craft.
In high school, she went through what she referred to as her “emo phase.” During that time, she listened to metalcore acts such as Of Mice and Men, We Came as Romans, Sleeping with Sirens and other bands that arose in popularity around that era.
She said that her fondness for these musical acts did not entail anything necessarily unique.
“I feel like it just came with the territory of being an angsty teenager with so many emotions and not knowing what do with them all,” said Hickman.
Nicholas Bertone, a communications major, said that he chose music that made him feel different from everyone else.
“Hailstorm. AC/DC. Everybody listened to rap and hip hop, so it was like my way of being different from everyone else,” said Bertone.
But why not anything else? This inability to explain why the music spoke to them was a consistent theme for SCSU students.
Green did not really know why he had chosen pun rock or the band Yellowcard.
“I don’t know. It just evokes emotion in me that I haven’t gotten from any other music since then,” he said.