The Music of My Life

| March 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Listening to music is an extremely big part of my life. So much so that I don’t remember a time where my family didn’t tell me to take off my headphones. Here is just a small selection of songs that I listened to at various stages of my life:

Between 0 to 24 hours old – Azaan*

*When children in Muslim families are born, one of the first things the family does is recite the call to prayer in their ear. I understand some people may not appreciate my calling the Azaan ‘music,’ but for me, music is such a significant part of my identity that it seems wrong to not call the Azaan music. It’s the first ‘song’ that I heard and it’s something I’ve carried with me throughout my entire life so far.

Ages 4-8 – Believe in Yourself by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers (The Arthur Theme Song)*

*Listen, Arthur is a timeless classic and my brother and I still watch it and sing along to the theme song whenever there are reruns of the old episodes. The Library Card song and Jekyll Jekyll Hyde song in that show have forever imprinted themselves onto my brain, too.

Ages 9-12 – Umbrella by Rhianna and Crank That by Soldier Boy

Honorable mention: Play with Fire by Hilary Duff

I have older siblings so I was constantly listening to a wide variety of songs, but these two songs represent music that blew up when I was around 9 to 12 years old.  ‘Umbrella’ used to play constantly on the radio and I can specifically remember my favorite radio station, Z100, concocting this challenge where contestants had to sit in a van while the “-Ella” part of Rihanna’s infamous hit played repeatedly over and over again. Whoever could last in the van the longest was the winner. As for ‘Crank That’, I can still vividly recall middle-school me watching my fellow awkward pre-pubescent classmates all attempting the Superman dance during recess. Fond memories.

Also Ages 9-12: Monsoon by Tokio Hotel and Bring Me to Life by Evanescence

Honorable Mention: Black Parade by MCR

Not so much fond, but amusing and slightly cringe-worthy memories are associated with these songs. CD’s were still the norm at this time, so I remember carrying my handheld CD player everywhere and sulkily staring out of car windows while Evanescence soothed my tortured soul.

Ages 13-17: Everywhere I Go by Hollywood Undead, A Bar in Amsterdam by Katzenjammer, and Żurawie by Warsaw Village Band

Hollywood Undead was my first real foray into rap. The lyrics are quite crude and I remember getting slightly embarrassed every time I actively searched for the song on YouTube. I’d quietly sing along to the song as I did my homework, hoping that no one was actually listening to me. When I was in high school, I also started branching out by listening to music by foreign bands. Katzenjammer and Warswa Village Band kept me daydreaming through my senior year.

Ages 18-Present: Anything from Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album, Djinn by Mashrou Leila, dead af by Krewella, and Believe by The Score

I cannot emphasize how much Taylor Swift impacted my brother and me when it was first released in 2014. It was my brother’s last year of college and my first year of college and we kept our sanity by singing along to ‘Out of the Woods’ and ‘Style.’ It was also the first time we listened to, and were completely enamored by, an entire album.

It would be impossible for me to list all the songs I’ve listened to throughout my life. From Bollywood music to Broadway Soundtracks to Pokemon songs (from the cartoon as well as the games), there has never been a moment for me without music. Of course, there are songs I’ve forgotten or songs I grew tired of, and there are songs that have wrapped around me like a second layer of skin or songs that I only listen to in the gym. But no matter what, for me there will always be music.


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Soubhana Asif

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Soubhana Asif is a junior at Boston University majoring in Biology and double minoring in Arabic and Medical Anthropology. "Have I said too much? There's nothing more I can think of to say to you. But all you have to do is look at me to know that every word is true."

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