Generally when I write these posts, I like to stick to talking about the new music I discovered in the past week. There tends to be new music coming my way every week and I’ll listen to it along my usual playlists, but this week I didn’t do much discovering. I’ve been listening to old music that still means a lot to me, even though I’ve listened to these songs multiple times.
I think a huge part of my personality spends so much time thinking about the future, that listening to old music allows me to re-live some moments from the past. You can learn lessons over and over when you replay them in your head - that’s what these two particular songs do for me.
“Lullaby” by Creed
This morning I noticed that my sister had gotten some new guitar strings for her acoustic, so I went ahead and changed them for her. But how could a person like me change some guitar strings and not feel the temptation to also play? This song has been on my mind a bit recently, so I decided to spend some time and learn it.
My parents, as I’ve written in the past, love Creed so I grew up listening to them as a kid. As times are changing I’ve had a stronger desire to stick to the music that keeps me focused on my priorities. Every time I hear this song, I find myself overwhelmed with how quickly things can change, but I can also clearly think of all that my family means to me.
“Question” by System of a Down
This song may contrast the last one (just a little), but I have a very specific memory associated with it. I remember one night when I was feeling down, and I can't remember details as to why, but I know a friend had done something to hurt me. I was home alone, so I went to bed early and put this song on repeat for a while. That wasn’t too long ago, so it makes me wonder if sometimes music can actually help with erasing memories that we don’t want to keep. Maybe music (literally) drowns out the emotions we don’t need? Either way, I love this song because it's a reminder that even when I feel alone and confused, there's answers to all of it. It's just a matter of giving it time and thought.