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“The Soundtrack to My Life”

Music is my love; I can say that I cannot really go through a day without listening to some music. Through Primary school, I rarely listened to any music. The most my musical genre would step to would be that of steps, blue and s-club 7, some of the cheesiest pop music you will ever here. The main music I like is Rock; my music taste ranges from pop bands like McFly to heavy metal such as Slipknot. So I would say I have a diverse musical range. I can’t really stand hip hop or rap, some can be alright, but most is the same repeated beat with someone talking on top of it. I only really started getting into music at the end of Year 7, when I got my first MP3 player. Most of the music I really like reminds me of memories in the summer as this is my favourite time of year, meaning most happy memories related to music are in the summer.

One of the main songs that I hear reminds me of the past is Good Charlotte’s chronicles of life and death. This song is up there with my favourite songs of all time as it delivers a real poignant message and the lyrics really mean something, while in today’s music, the lyrics are poorly written to get a one-hit-wonder. As I hear this song and as soon as it starts with the opening lyrics, ‘You come in the cold, you’re covered in blood’. I am always taking back to the summer of 2005 as this song played a huge part in my life that summer. Good Charlotte’s Album ‘The Chronicles of Life and Death’ came out in October 2004, but I didn’t get it to the time just before I went away, so this album really was a part of my holiday. I will always remember around May 2005; I first heard a good charlotte’s ‘Chronicles of Life and Death’ single on the radio. The moment I first heard this song, my ears were transported to the music heaven, and I was obsessed with this song then, and I still love it now.

The memory that I can really visualize when I hear this song is lying down in the long grass, with the sun blazing down, but not too strong, so it is uncomfortable and listening to my MP3. A song that I do not necessarily can relate to, but Bowling for Soups- High School Never Ends, a song that, when I hear it, just makes my day brighter. I believe that this song really describes my present, as I only really got into the song a few months back. If you listen to any of Bowling for Soups music, I can safely say you will be amazed at how happy you can feel just from a piece of music, where the cheesy lyrics and the pop power chords will really make your day better. Even if you are feeling so down and listening to bowling for soup, you will be brought back up, and your spirits will be lifted.

Not many memories really come to mind when I listen to Bowling for Soups – High School Never Ends. The main memory I have of listening to this song was the long coach journey to Austria when we went on our skiing trip. I had my pod, and because Bowling for Soup’s album was the newest thing I had put on it, I listened to it many times as we travelled down. On the coach, I will always remember how it was around 3:00 AM, but I couldn’t sleep because I felt so dirty and smelly from being on the couch for around twelve hours, so I just picked up my pod and watched the music video of High School Never Ends. Even when I felt filthy, smelly and tired, Bowling for Soup managed to bring me out of my misery and put me in the world of happiness that they bring.

The song ‘The New Transmission’ by Lost Prophets is one song that, when I listen to, really reminds me of the times I have been to Wales. The main reason for this is that Lost Prophets are a welsh band, but I only really started liking them last year when I went to Wales with a friend of mine. I enjoy this piece of music because of the main riff that holds the song together on the guitar. I enjoy this riff as it’s simple but sound great, and I think that lost prophets use it very well in that song. Also, at the start of the song, the first three lines are:

  • Take, take, take all my time, all my company
  • Take everything from me
  • Fake, fake, fake all these things that you say to me
  • Nothing that I want to believe

These lyrics make me feel warm inside, but not because of the way they are spoken; it is the way they are said by Ian Watkins (Lead Singer). I think that the words are really catchy and will be stuck in your head all day, making you sing them over and over again. When I hear this song, it brings me back to the summer of 2006, in which I spent nearly four weeks in Wales. The main memory I have of this song is the warm sun striking down on our backs, the beautiful sea sparkling in the sunlight like a glittering diamond as me and my friend were skating along the promenade while listening to our MP3 players.

I had gone skateboarding and didn’t really enjoy it (mainly because I was very good at it!). Still, this one time, I really enjoyed it as we sped along really fast, and it seemed that we had to put almost no effort to move along because the walkway was very smooth. This song makes me feel happy when I hear it as it reminds me of the summer of 2006, which I enjoyed very much. A song that I think sums up my future is Teenagers’ by ‘My Chemical Romance’. I believe this is because this song really gives me an image of what my future years of being a teenager will be like. The chorus is:

  • They said all teenagers scare
  • The living shit out of me
  • They could care less
  • As long as someone’ll bleed
  • So darken your clothes
  • Or strike a violent pose
  • Maybe they’ll leave you alone, but not me

When I listen to this song, I get the image of how mainly mine, and many others, teenager years will be like. This song makes you think of teenagers and what they do, so it gives me a vision of the future. Also, the fantastic blues riff used throughout the song really makes this song very catchy. However, the main image I get when I listen to this song is that teenagers are basically told off and trying to be put under control. I get this from the opening verse:

  • They’re gonna clean up your looks.
  • With all the lies in the books
  • To make a citizen out of you
  • Because they sleep with a gun
  • And keep an eye on your son
  • So they can watch all the things you do

This describes teenagers being kept under control by saying that they are keeping an eye on teenagers. But when you get to the chorus, it shows that the teenager’s rebel, we know this from the line:

  • So darken your clothes
  • Or strike a violent pose

This is how the present is for most teenagers and how it will continue, with adults trying to keep teenagers under control but always rebelling and striking back at adults. This song is straightforward to listen to, and I believe that what makes it so easy to listen to is that the words are pronounced very clearly, and the song paints many pictures in your head as you listen to it. Music is my life, and I have many songs that I believe describe my life, so it has been hard picking and describing only these. I prefer rock when it comes to music but will expand to other genres. I can’t get through a day without listening to one piece of music; this makes music one of the main things in my life and is very important to me. Music reminds me of happy times, such as the summer, and because of this, I love listening to music, and it gives me many songs that I can put into the soundtrack to my life.

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