“I dig music.” This is a key line from what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever made: “Almost Famous.” The movie is about a young boy who is writing for Rolling Stone magazine and joins an up-and-coming rock band on their national tour. One night he asks the lead singer of the band what he would like his last words to be. The singer answers, “I dig music.” It may seem like a simple and shallow answer to a deep question, but the fact of the matter is that music is an incredibly transcending and powerful subject.
Music is a form of art just like any other. It is a beautiful way to express yourself and your emotions. A song can unite a people (“The Star Spangled Banner”; Francis Scott Key, 1814), sum up an era (“Eve of Destruction”; Barry McGuire, 1965), make you dance (“Get Busy”; Sean Paul, 2003, or “Brown Eyed Girl”; Van Morrison, 1967) and make you cry (“Belleau Wood”; Garth Brooks, 1997, or “To Wish Impossible Things”; The Cure, 1992).
For many people, music is a backdrop to their lives. Personal musical taste is like a finger print, no two people are exactly identical. Music also defines a lot of people. It’s great to hear every type of music from country, ’80s new wave, rap, pop, classic rock and jam bands in our small high school parking lot. This summer I went to a Dave Matthews Band concert at Red Rocks. The following weekend, one of my best friends went to a Keith Urban concert at the same venue. Not only were both incredible, but they were also both sold out: 9,450 people. It’s truly amazing how two completely opposite shows can each bring that many different people together to share in one night and event.
Music is a major element of my life and the lives of most teenagers. It moves us and makes us smile. Even in our small valley, there are many ways to support this art. Aspen always has great shows all year round; every Wednesday night there is live music at Glenwood Music; and there are frequently bands at Sacred Grounds and the Summit Canyon coffee shop. It’s always fun to get together with friends and just jam as well.
No matter what your musical taste is, embrace it. Let the words and the sound take you over. Especially in the lives of us busy teenagers, music is a much-needed way to escape. Even if it’s just for a moment, close your eyes and listen. … Yes, I dig music, too.
It just so happens that the girl that attended the Keith Urban concert is also the Student of the Month, Lisa Richards. Lisa is a senior this year and was born in Glenwood Springs. Most of her family lives in Colorado as well. She loves the mountains and is looking to stay in state for college.
Lisa is very involved. She plays both varsity basketball and golf, is the co-president of National Honor Society, and is active in Climate Committee, Key Club, Impact Club and EPYCS. When she’s not devoting her time to her many sports and clubs, Lisa enjoys hanging out with her friends, hiking, snowboarding, relaxing, and eating. She says, “Not many people know that I love to eat!”
In college, Lisa plans to study business. She was nominated for Student of the Month by Mr. Whiting for playing a major leadership role in organizing and running the recent DECA invitational. Congratulations, Lisa!
This week marks the end of the first quarter ” already! Friday night is the last home football game. And don’t forget to set your clocks back on Sunday; Daylight Savings is ending, too.
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