By J1 Reporter Stevie Salerno
That song, YES, that one song that instantly takes you back to a certain moment in your life. Johnny Depp once said, “Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” Music has the power to make a lasting impact on girls from every grade at Marian. It can help you through both the good and bad times in your life. Hearing a certain song can take you back to a certain moment of your life all while just hitting a play button.
The students at Marian are not strangers to this impact. Freshman Clare Degan, excitedly said, “Sabrina Carpenter has impacted me through her album ‘Evolution’. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of when I went to her concert back in 2016. Her music has helped me because some of it is about how she went through certain times as a teen. Some of these are about love and other things that you experience at this age. I relate to a lot of her music in that sort of way.” Whenever she hears that album, she said she gets extremely happy.
Sophomore Katie Corpuz recognized that music can help you grow up. Musician Mary Lambert has been influential in her life. A song by Lambert that has stuck with Corpuz is “Body Love.” “Her and her music, especially this song, have given me the confidence to love my body and to appreciate what a gift bodies are, especially women’s. This helped me a lot in grade school when I found her words and music style and they really resonated with me during me awkward and horrible tween phase. Music artists like her are so important because they help me to think, appreciate and be grateful. I admire her for getting real, honest and authentic in her music. I hope to take what I have learned through her music to live out in my own life,” Corpuz said.
Junior Eleni Patsalis said that the artist 21 Savage has left an impact on her because his lyrics about success in life push her to try harder to reach her goals and become successful as well. “I listen to him to push myself to work harder to achieve what I want for my life,” Patsalis said.
This question was a tricky one for senior Lily Blake. She took some time to think through which artist had changed her perspective for the better. She stated that Lorde is the artist that truly has left a lasting impact on her. Blake said, “Lorde confronts the fear that every teenager experiences about growing up and leaving the things they once knew in her song ‘Ribs’. Her songs are about growing up as a teenager which really resonates with me. She is around my age and understands what it’s like to be a teenager in this age. She writes a lot about growing up and the circumstances around you changing, which I personally relate to very much.”
Artists have the power to influence people’s feelings and outlooks on life through song. These impacts can be great and carry them through phases of their lives. They can remind people to keep their heads up or simply can make them smile among friends. These girls show how music has the power to help you grow up and learn lessons that can impact you for the rest of your life.