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.