Plugged In


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Music is a language with or without words; it springs from the deepest emotions within us. It conveys messages from a world beyond this world. A world that our brain creates the moment a note of music is heard. Music is a reality, but at the same time, it’s a fantasy.

As Stevie Wonder sang, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand…”

Music is a chance to escape from student life. In the halls, more than half of the student body plugs themselves in to the music of their choice so that they can be unplugged from the hustle and bustle going on all around them. “I just don’t want to hear about other people’s problems or gossip in the halls,” Germain Lopez (12) explains. “I’ d rather mentally jam out to my music and let it relax me.”

Music does have the power to change emotions. It can create “channels” in the mind- alternate patterns of thinking. The intensity and frequency in which music is played has the power to sooth an aroused crowd or stimulate a lifeless one.

If music can do this, why do students prefer to listen by themselves?

“I doubt anyone would want to listen to the type of music I’m listening to,” Sebastian Moreno (11) answered. “My music is mine and theirs is theirs. It would be cool if the halls were filled with music though, and every hall had a different song playing, but that’s just my view.”

Music filling the halls instead of just being contained to earphones, now there is an idea. If for one day we all “unplugged” all our music and let it loose in the hallways, a cacophony of vastly different musical tastes would ensue, but students might also be able to tune into someone playing something they enjoyed. Someone they never bothered to talk to or even acknowledge on their daily commute to class.

Music has the power to connect people from all across the world, even connect you to the person you walk behind every day to class. Music is a universal language understood by all, its rhythm and beats can be felt so that even the deaf can enjoy. Music is non-binding and there is a song or genre for everyone. Take the time to let someone else into your taste. Unplug so that others can hear. Strange looks or thumbs up might follow, but taste in music is something  no one can control. Everyone has their preference, so instead of “mentally jamming out,” let your voice be heard in the music that you listen to.


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