I’ve seen blog posts where people have written letters to their teenage selves, but was recently inspired to write one to a dear friend of mine, so here goes…
A letter to: ‘Music’
Alan and I recently went to see the Pet Shop Boys in concert. I’ve been a fan of theirs since I was young, so to finally see them live was amazing. I love the energy in their songs. However, during a few slower numbers I started to reflect on how important you’ve been in my life.
Where it all began
I was 13 years’ old when I first discovered the Pet Shop Boys in 1993 with the release of their ‘Very’ album. A few months previously my father had passed away and, as you can imagine, that’s a lot for a 13 year old to process. I’m not even sure how I processed it.
When I heard the first single they released from the album – probably on one of those TV chart shows – it really resonated with me. I don’t know why and I can’t even figure it out now, but something about their songs connected with me at that time.
I must have saved up my pocket money because I managed to buy the cassette of the album. Yes, that’s how old I am!
How you helped me
For months I listened to that album every night before I went to sleep. I put my headphones on and turned the sound up so loud that I’m surprised it didn’t damage my eardrums. When I listened to you it transported me to another world. The songs brought up different emotions; some were about love and some were about the darker side of life.
Perhaps you allowed me to feel emotions that I wasn’t quite ready to associate with my Dad’s death. Maybe you took me away to another place which was nicer than the reality I was living in. Or maybe some connections to you just cannot be explained.
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter why, but as corny as it might sound that album was my friend during that period in my life and still holds a special place in my heart.
How you help me today
People might say that when you feel sad or low, that you should put on some happy music to help lift your mood. I do the exact opposite!
When I feel low or if I’m struggling with certain things, I listen to music which fits with the emotions I’m feeling. It’s as if you enable me to get in touch with my emotions and work through them although I cannot explain how.
You enable me to feel sad, happy, inspired, hopeful, and determined (amongst other emotions!). You fire me up when I’m passionate about something, you’ve helped me mourn when people dear to me have passed away, and you’ve helped me celebrate when something exciting has happened in my life.
You’re an incredibly important part of my life and, no doubt, have got me through some difficult times. For that, I am forever grateful.
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