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What Example of Music has had a Significant Effect on You?

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Has there been a special piece of music that has had a tremendous effect on your life?
Perhaps when you listen to it, it conjures up memories of the past, of a time and place, a person. You can hear this music and smile . Or maybe this piece of music has influenced you to become a musician yourself, to learn how to play an instrument? Or a piece of music that had a message so powerful that it moved you?
Please share such an example with us and tell us why this has had such a profound effect on your life.
You can share more than one. I'm not sure I can choose only one!

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I actually maintain a playlist of "theme song" music that has spoken to me with ideals and attitudes I wanted to embody, like Skillet's Undefeated or Imagine Dragons' Whatever It Takes.

Other times I've found appropriate music for a given situation, like Jon Bon Jovi Living on A Prayer around the middle of the semester, for the chorus "We're halfway there, living on a prayer. Take my hand, we'll make it I swear, living on a prayer".

One really funny instance was when I got Avicii's Wake Me Up (When It's All Over) stuck in my head the week before finals. This was actively scary because I absolutely couldnt just sleep until it was over, I had six papers to write and then a round of tests! Thankfully it ended up being replaced by Fall Out Boy's Phoenix, which was actually fairly encouraging.
Hi @Carson Elmore , good to see you here! You have shown us how music has helped you get through your life. The “Wake Me Up” song must have helped you... but SIX papers AND tests, oh my! Just hearing about this is so stressful!

I had something funny happen to me today. I just got a call from someone I knew years ago. He called because he heard the “Today” song and it reminded him of me playing guitar at camp, where we knew one another. That was always the last song of the night.
I will try to post it if I can find it.

This is the Today song, by John Denver. It brings me back to the campfire, LOL.
@Judith That's such a lovely and relaxing song!
I am so glad you like it, @Carson Elmore . It brings back such fond memories of all of us being together round a dying campfire, and enjoying the end of the night.
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1990 -I was living in Tacoma, WA at the time and homesick for my home state of Utah. Jon Bon Jovi came out with his song Blaze of Glory, which I believe was part of the Young Guns II movie soundtrack. He chose to film the video for it down near Moab, Utah and Dead Horse Point State Park, also in Utah. MTV aired the video (this was back in the day when MTV still aired music ...) and I would sit for hours, waiting for the song to come on so I could see home. I moved back the next year.

Boy, does this take me back!
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@Judith That was lovely. I thought I knew most of John Denver's songs, but i have never heard Today before. Thank you for sharing it.
@Halla , glad you enjoyed Today. It’s easy to play on guitar too, a d to vocally harmonize.
What a fabulous story and video about Utah! It looks like the perfect landscape for a Western movie. The red sands of the cliffs are breathtaking, and the wide open spaces are exhilarating . It looks so beautiful there. No wonder this made you homesick, but how wonderful that you moved back to be home! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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There is so much music I enjoy... Rock'n'roll, Soul, R&B, Country, Rockabilly but The Beatles are my hands down go-to group whenever I just want great, familiar sounds... I was in High School when the Beatles hit America and their music dominated my teenage years. Then, when I just want to relax, I put on Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. His voice and those unique arrangements = pure soul.
Just ran across this in spotify radio: Try Everything by Shakira (Home Free cover) Seemed rather appropriate to the lifelong-learner mentality!
@Carson Elmore , what a fun song, and so appropriate for us all here.This thread reflects us trying to listen to everything too.
I have been enjoying all the musical examples people have been presenting. I look forward to lots more world music examples!