Music has been touching mankind for generation upon generation. There isn’t any culture in human history that hasn’t bonded over it. It breaks down barriers and speaks on so many levels, educating those surrounded by it in ways that other forms of communication just cannot.
Incorporating words into music isn’t a new thing, far from it, but with the dawning of pop music came a stronger focus on this. Listeners were subject to repetitions of certain phrases which went on to inspire, explain, and define their own development as people. Whether it’s simple, commercial songs with childish, poppy lyrics, or deeper, more meaningful underground songs with philosophical, poetic lyrics; in the vast catalogue of modern music available there is something for everyone. And whatever appeals to someone, after hearing it, will eventually get stuck inside their head.
One of the most memorable and inspirational lines from a song in my era is without a doubt from ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve.
“I’m a million different people from one day to the next…”
I’ve spoken to so many people who agree with me on this, not to mention heard various people on t.v, radio, the internet, also say how much it shaped their mindset.
The power and usefulness of music is relevant throughout the entirety of our lives, but when we are teenagers, struggling through puberty, leaving that simple, naive, fun and easy existence which is childhood, into adulthood and all its responsibilities, music is particularly important. When we become grown ups we are forced to make decisions about so many things that we never even had to consider in the past, and this causes us untold grief. It brings about that unanswerable question of: “Who am I?” And trying to figure this out, trying to pin yourself with the restriction of a label, ultimately sends you insane.
We’re no one. We’re everyone. We’re this, that; influenced by vast variables: emotions, environment, genetics. We’re constantly changing, developing, evolving. To try and define our entirety as beings is just ridiculous; we’re just so malleable, so versatile. We’re a million different people from one day to the next…
What song lyric do you find most inspiring??
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