Music provides a constant companion

By JoRene Perez
Pulse Staff Reporter

Students listening to music while studying for success from left to right: Maribel R., Mathew C., Dareous E. and Amber G. Photo by JoRene Perez

With all the music in the world, there tends to be one song that speaks to you, taking a place in your heart.

Music has evolved into many different genres, from religious hymns, traditional anthems, to modern music that plays on the radio today. The different types of music are meant for specific moments for when someone wants to feel a certain way about something.

“Country music gets me pumped, but ‘Private Fears in Public Places’ by Front Porch helps me relax. The acoustics bring me back to normal when I stress for school,” said Daniela Chavarria, a generalist in Admissions and Records.

The song reminds her to keep pushing herself, and it will always remind her of the man she loved who passed away earlier this year.

For Palo Alto History professor Peter Myers, Alice Coopers’ ‘School’s Out’ fit perfectly during his junior high school years of being a 13-year-old adolescent. At the time, he said he was “not a big fan of authority and rules.” Things changed for the better when he went to high school.

“It’s the difference between being 13 and 17. The latter is starting to feel good in her/his own skin, the former is saying what’s happening to my skin?” said Myers.

Others look past the rhythm and beats and take the lyrics as a ray of hope. A single verse can change the emotions of any situation you may be experiencing.

“Christian music motivates me in the morning, but ‘Reckless Love’ by Betheo reminds me that God is there during these hard times, and I will get through this,” said Felix Perez, a sophomore Psychology major who works for Disability Support Services.

Ryan Cardenas, a generalist in the Welcome Center, said he connects with ‘Troubadour’ by George Strait. This song makes him “humble down on life to look back and push to get through stuff.”

Music has become a part of our lives and motivates people to keep going, no matter what comes along.

For Victor David Perez, a Palo Alto alumni and a junior Business Administration major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, it’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day that has stayed close to him since his middle school years.

“These words, ‘I’m walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind’ because I had just moved from California to Texas. I had no friends here and being bullied in school really just pushed me down. These lyrics push me to never get to that point again,” said Perez.

Frank Rodriguez III, a freshman Biology major, said, “Blessings on blessings on blessings look at my life man, that’s lessons on lessons on lessons.”

For Rodriguez this verse from ‘Blessing’ by Big Sean was his outlook on life.

“In my life, I’m thankful and blessed for all I have received, and thankful for the lessons. For they made me who I am today,” said Rodriguez.

A certain way a song sounds can help ease you and take away the stress, making it easier for you to focus and relax.

“’River Flows in You’ by Yiruma helped me stay focused,” said Natalie Martinez, a sophomore Veterinary Technology major. “I love the sound of a piano when I study. It helped throughout my high school years.”

Music will always be there when needed. As Victor Hugo, a French poet, novelist and dramatist said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”