The Music I Love by Amandine Cardichon

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Music is one of the many forms of expression people use to convey emotions, thoughts and beliefs. Listening to music is one of my favorite things to do because for any and every mood I may be feeling, there is a song that resonates with that emotion.

One of my favorite songs of all time is “Just Friends” by Musiq Soulchild.

This song is about the artist telling the girl he likes that he doesn’t want to pressure her into a relationship and that they can still be friends while she decides what she wants. The message of the song is very relevant and important to today's relationships, but one of the things that make me love the song so much is the beat and melody. The song begins with him beat-boxing, and as the song progresses, the melody is soft and smooth, not just a mixture of harsh sounds. Listening to the song makes me feel a wave of sunny, yellow warmth and calmness as I imagine all the parts of the song. I can’t help but smile when singing it as it takes me back to a period of time I wish I was a part of.

Another favorite song of mine is “Fe Mwen Konfyans” by Harmonik.

It is a Haitian-French song that with a title that loosely translates to “have hope in me.” In the song, the Harmonik trio sing to their future wife’s dad, telling him to believe in him and his abilities to love and cherish his daughter as they get ready to be married. Most people just think of Haitian music as loud Kompa with a lot of beats. But, this song is the complete opposite of that. It is such a sweet song that will make you blush if you take the time to think about all the words being said.

“You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson is another one of my favorite songs.

The song begins with Michael and his friend talking about a beautiful girl, and continues as Michael telling that girl how she came into is life and changed it for the better. I love this song for both the lyrics and the melody. The melody of the song just makes me think of bright colors everywhere and dancing and laughter (melodramatic, I know.) and the words just add to the beauty of the song. But, didn't Michael Jackson do that for us all?!

“Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo is also a song I truly adore.

In the song Ne-Yo  is describing the woman of his dreams, who is independent, but still chooses to love him even though she doesn’t need to. When I was younger, I never really understood the song, but as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve come to realize and appreciate the message behind it. Women have always been told that they need a man to do everything for them, that a man is the only person who can provide for them, and that they need to depend on men. However, in the song Ne-Yo admires this woman so much because she is able to be on her own and depend on herself. This song makes me feel empowered and know that I don’t need to rely on anyone else to do things for me.

Aside from all those meaningful and deep love songs, I do also like listening to songs like:

"That’s What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus, “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars and other songs like it. When I’m not listening to my R&B, or my Hip HopI’m probably listening to a song from circa 2012. The songs I listened to when I was around 10 were all light and airy, and meant so little then. When I listen to them now, yes, I may cringe at my music tastes, but I am also overcome with a sense of nostalgia, and am reminded of the times when life was simple, when all was good, and when my innocent naiveté caused me to not to care about or stress over anything.

Music is one of the many forms of expression that exists, and through it, I am able to find songs I love that embody what I feel, think, or just make me smile.

Tekeisha Meade