Music: The Weapon of Choice

April 2, 2013
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Teenage life can suck sometimes. That’s not just an uneducated teen whining about struggles. It’s a part of life, but can sometimes feel unbearable. We have stress! It could be marks, girls/boys, drama (which is exactly why I don’t have Facebook), or anything. A lot of people just sort of live with it, which is fine, but others have coping mechanisms. Mine changes from time to time, but right now it’s Black Veil Brides.

In case you’re not into hard rock, you may not have figured out that Black Veil Brides are a band, and my coping mechanism is music.

To me, there’s no better feeling than getting home after a long day and playing songs to how you feel. Thankfully my type of music is fairly diverse in terms of human emotions. I have songs about being angry, songs about being hurt, songs about being in love, or I just shuffle my library. Music is a powerful thing. When my grandfather was in the hospital, dying of cancer, for some reason “Airplanes” by B.O.B and Hayley Williams would always play. I swear every time we went to visit that song played. It also made sense because like the lyrics said: “I could really use a wish right now”. When my grandfather passed, I heard “September” by Daughtry. That one hit home because it was a sad song about memories, not to mention it was in fact September.

But for music to have a personal effect on you, it doesn’t have to be sad. I have a 95 song (and counting) playlist dedicated to pumping me up before I hit the ice. I look at hockey games as going to war, so I need to be ready to fight. This playlist only has songs that really get me psyched. Songs that have me bouncing on my feet waiting to get on the ice. I envision a highlight reel of myself as the song plays. I also throw my Studio Beats on when I’m working out. I find I always get a better workout when I pump the iron to Billy Talent, Metallica, Rev Theory and Guns ‘n’ Roses. I’m not just a metal head though. I have Hans Zimmer, an orchestra composer who creates sheer masterpieces. Pump up music!

Whatever you use music for, stress relief, sports, you know how powerful it is. It can make you feel better or worse, both psychologically and physically. So use it wisely! You won’t regret it :)

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FireandIce said...
Jan. 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Your work is amazing, and powerful. You make me question everything I know, or have been told. I hope this doesn't sound weird..
Brandon M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 26, 2014 at 11:47 am
Not at all! Thank you so much!    
HAILO said...
Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:07 am
Very well written! :)
Brandon M. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Thanks! And your stuff is awesome. Surprised it's not more prominent. :)
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