The meaning of music to me, is a way to let go of reality. Just when you need a step back from life, put that set of headphones in, turn up that radio station, or listen to your favorite song on a CD. Music allows you to relate to the lyrics of which seems to be wrote just for you and the situation you could be going through. As I have gotten older, I’ve noticed some go for the drinking, smoking, or the drugs to get away from their problems. I on the other hand, personally listen to music to allow my feelings out and make myself feel better. Whether I listen to a song that makes me want to cry, or hear that particular song I can scream at the top of my lungs and it never gets old.
The genre of music that means the most to me is classic rock. Growing up that’s all I would listen to. From AC/DC to Led Zeppelin, this type of music is one I hold close to my heart. Being raised by my dad since I was five, we would have jam out sessions every chance we got. We would be out in the garage, or house, even on random car rides, we would turn up the music and sing together. Although we sounded like cats falling of the empire state building, we didn’t care because we was having fun.
The current musician I want to write about is Tom Petty. I know most kids, or those my age have no idea who he is. He is one of my favorite classic rock artists of all time. His songs are ones I can relate to. For example the song ‘I won’t back down’, I have memorized every word. For the times I have been put down and told I couldn’t do something or when I feel like I’m not good enough, I can listen to it. My emotions seem to float away along with the guitar cords fading out of the speakers. Not only can I relate to those lyrics of his songs at an older age, but I have memories with his songs from when I was real young.
Still to this day, I remember being four or five years old and listening to music with my dad. He would turn on his record player and everything would become a dream. One thing specifically I remember is when he would play his Tom Petty record. We would be in the middle of the concrete floor of the garage. I would stand on his feet, holding hands, and we would slow dance to the song ‘Free Fallin’. I would sing the song to him word for word, not really knowing what it all meant. I just knew the girl loved horses, just like I did at the time. We had nothing but smiles on our faces, and lyrics in our minds.
Even now when I hear that song, it brings me back to those innocent times of giggling and smiles. I wish like hell it was that easy to have those type of memories with him now. As I have gotten older, we hardly talk to each other without arguing or getting along. We mostly stay away from one another, to avoid an argument. I guess when you live with someone for all of these years you’re bound to bump heads. I would give anything to be able to go back and create more memories with him like old times. Even dance to that song again, while I still can.
|This is just some of the lyrics to the song that dad and I would dance to. Without the lyrics of this song catching my eye, I would never of had such a precious memory with him.|