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Teen Talk

December 1, 2012

On the Go: Music vital to teens' lives


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

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