How music affects my life.

By Marlena Nowak (1995) LOK Krakow/Poland

When I was in kindergarten, I was learning how to dance and sing. I was watching music programms on TV and trying to be like a “superstar” in front of the television set. I had cymbals and small drums, but my favourite toys were a small guitar and pink microphone. I couldn’t “play” on everything at the same time, so I focused on the guitar :) . Now I know, that I wasn’t good at beeing a “singer” and “guitarist”, but then I thought that I was really great…

In primary school I had guitar and singing lessons. I was singing in the school choir and sometimes playing the giutar there. My dream was to be a singer in the future… Music I was listening to was for example Polish POP, songs, which I heard on school discos. They weren’t very ambitious, but they were fashionable among my friend.

Now I’m in high-school. I changed my priorities and music taste, but music is really important to me. When I go to school, I use my earphones and listen to favourie songs. It gives me positive energy for the whole day! Sometimes I hum songs, which I heard on TV or radio. It de-stresses me…

My mum says, that “music smoothes customs”. I think that it’s true. If I had an argument with my parents, or had problem- I listen to music and play the guitar. When school drives me crazy, I listen to calm music and- I can say- it helps me to relax. But if I have a good mood I sing and hum all day (my friends hate it and beg me to stop, but I can’t… sometimes it’s stronger than me!).
I started my “adventure” with music when I was a child. Now I’m 17 and I know, that my love for music will never stop.

How about you? Do you have any hobbies which are so important to you as music is to me?

4 Responses to “How music affects my life.”

  1. To Veronika:

    I completely understand you. I’ve got the same. Music, which we’re listening to, really helps us to vent our emotions. When we’re happy- we’re listening to energetic, fast songs. When we’re sad- we listen to slow, atmospheric songs. It depends of our emotions what want we to listen to.
    I was in some concerts of famous Polish artists and I know that feeling when a lot of people are singing one song. Everybody has smile on their face. It doesn’t matter if someone is old or young. Music brings people together!

    Thanks for comment,
    Greetings

  2. I can really relate to your love for music. I play the transverse flute since primary school and I listen to music nearly 24/7, so it became a huge part of my life. Music helps me when I have a difficult time and I need some time for myself to relax and clear my mind, but also when I’m happy I want to be surrounded by music. Last year I finally went to concerts of my two favourites bands and it was absolutely amazing. The feeling of being part of a crowd, which loves the same music as you and sings together with you every song, is just electrifying!
    When I was young I wanted to be singer too. I still remember that I watched films like “High School Musical” and sang along to all the songs and by doing so I think I drove my brothers crazy sometimes. :)

  3. To Lea:

    I like many kinds of music… But my favourite is rock. I love System of a Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and I like Slipknot, Green Day, and some Polish groups (e.g. COMA, Dżem…) too. I’m not listening only rock.. Many songs, which I like are made by POP, Metal, R&B or Reggae artists.
    I believe you, that reading books is really addictive, but I didn’t come across to any good book, so I don’t like reading books… I’ve got many books, which I must read to school, but most of them are uninteresting.
    I like languages. I was learning Spanich, French but now I don’t have many time to continue languages lessons, so I learn English and Deutsch at school.
    Thanks for comment!
    Greetings from Poland.

  4. Hello!
    I really like your article because I love music as well. Although I do not play an instrument I still like listening to music. In the moment, I especially like pop-punk music like Green Day or The All-American Rejects, but I also like pop, rock, soul, classic, country and a lot of other music styles. Which music do you prefer?
    As you described in your article, music can have a calming effect. But there are also songs that make me feel sad, happy or angry. That is why I like music that much. But for the same reason, I like literature. I started reading when I was five and wrote my first story at this age, too. Now, I do not write a lot anymore, but I still love to read (I think I have more than 100 books in my room). My favourite genre is dystopian fiction but I also like fantasy a lot because I like to imagine I was in a different world. In the last years I also found out that I like languages in general a lot. This is the reason why I take part in Comenius. Do you like languages and literature, too?

    Greetigs from Germany
    Lea Stöhlker