To a lot of people, music is just something that plays in the background while they're in the car, or drifts over the cubicle next to them while at work.
For some, like me, music brings back memories of happy (and sad) moments. There is happiness and sadness, fear and comfort. Today, I had a flashback of some of those memories, thanks to the Zac Brown Band.
Even a couple of months ago, I was only familiar with the radio hits of the band. This June, my wife won tickets to see ZBB at Fenway Park. I took some time, and familiarized myself with the band as much as I could.
When the band came on stage, I never expected the 3 hours insanity that came next. From The Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping up to Boston" getting the whole crowd singing along (and not the only song that that the whole crowd singing), through "Chicken Fried", with a USMC GySgt saluting the flag during the peak of the song.
As I was listening to the band's music today, every song I heard brought so much emotion to me. There were songs that made me think of the happy moments that we've had (and will have) when me move to our tropical paradise. There were songs that made me smile, thinking about my amazing wife. There were songs that had me in tears thinking about how much I love my kids.
This is just a small sample of the emotions that we feel through music. Music can be an escape. Music can bridge generation gaps. Music can make you feel love, or hate. Music can make you happy or sad. There are people who can absolutely define themselves by the music they listen to (like Darrell of Modern Father Online, who realizes that listening to heavy metal music makes him a better father). There are people like Bill Peebles of ihopeiwinatoaster, writing songs for his twin boys.
Music has been with me through so many ups and downs. From my parents divorcing when I was young, through being an outsider in high school, through the time in the US Marine Corps, music has been there. Marriage, premature twin birth, NICU time, and all the things that come with parenting, music has been there.
Without everything that music does for so many people, who knows where we'd be? What does music mean to you? What are those songs for you that bring so many memories rushing back? What has helped you get through those ups and downs that life so frequently throws at us?