In her new song “22” Taylor Swift says as young adults and teens, “We’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way. It’s miserable and magical.” Pheww. That’s a lot to deal with.
Being a teenager comes with a lot of change and a lot of discovery. Music allows teens to say things they can’t, hear things they need to hear, and understand things they couldn’t on their own. I think this is why teens live and breathe music. Teens need a beat more than they need a pulse. Later in life, when people undergo change at the teenage scale, society calls it a crisis.
Sometimes people complain when teens post lyrics as their status on Facebook. I don’t get that. I find song lyrics as a status fascinating. I may not know you very well but in this instant you’re giving me a six-line-or-so glimpse into your life. If I do know you, you’re probably conveying your feelings in a few lines better than you could in a long conversation. Teens, and everyone else, depend on music to cope with life and reality.
What happens when these young adults and teens grow up? How come some music-loving teens grow up to become the adults that hear “noise” on the radio? Even if a person’s job doesn’t involve music, his soul still requires musical attention if it is to remain healthy.
One thing adults and teens can both enjoy is the way a certain song transports them to a different time or place. For instance, when I hear Sheryl Crow’s “I Want to Soak Up The Sun,” I automatically think of the pool in Otego.
Teens use music as a primary means of communication. I believe your taste in music reflects your personality more than most other things. If you want to understand someone or know a person, better listen to her favorite songs or listen to the music he makes. Pay attention to the songs a person likes. These songs will tell you more about a person than that person could ever tell you. People are born making music. Happy people never stop.
Kate Ahearn is a sophomore at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk