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Writing About Music is Like…

Taking a little time to reflect about my life.

Jennifer Dixon

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Editor’s note: As part of CMN’s music journalism program, we asked our team of music writers to answer this question by filling in the blanks: Writing about music is like ____ about ____.  You can see how all the participants answered the question here. 

Writing about music is like taking a little time to reflect about my life. I always try to find songs that motivate, encourage, uplift, and empower me. Sometimes I need a little reminder to keep going.

To be honest, I did not realize how much music had a major impact on my life until I started this program. I love music and when you add writing into the mix, the experience becomes very therapeutic.

Every time I examine lyrics or listen to a particular song, there is always a powerful message or encouragement that follows. I often gain reassurance or strength because they are talking about situations or experiences that resonate with me. It is a wonderful feeling when an artist or song can relate to what you are going through.

In 2014, Erica Campbell released her debut album Help and there is a song called, “Changes.” She sings, “Life is full of many/Changes/Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it’scold/Changes/Start out young then you grow old/Changes/Out comes the sun, down comes the rain/Changes/Live and you learn/Nothing stays the same.”

Campbell wants people to know that life comes with happy and unpleasant moments, but it all happens for a specific reason. The most important thing is to just be open-minded and embrace the change.

I often feel like music helps me understand who I am as an individual. Through the sincerity and  its heartfelt messages, I am able to see the bigger picture when it comes to my goals and my purpose.

Writing about music has given a sense of peace, strength, and time for reflection. I am very thankful for these experiences and I will cherish them for the rest of my life.

If you obsess over singers and bands, and are one of those people who make a playlist for every occasion, join CMN’s Music Journalism Course and get real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to music industry insiders, and a great place to display build your portfolio. Get all the details on the Music Journalism Course here.

Jennifer is a graduate student studying English at Governors State University. She loves music and writing, which fueled her interest for a career in music journalism. She is currently working towards finishing her degree. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, shopping, and advocating for those with Cerebral Palsy.

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