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  • Writer's pictureMARY WURZBACHER '23

Meaningful Music

Different types of songs can affect different people in different ways. Overall, music can inspire deep emotions within us, which is why I have asked Saint Ursula students and teachers what song means the most to them, and why they do.

“‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber. I like that song because it’s not just about a girl, like every other song is, it’s about loving yourself and accepting yourself.”

- Kenzie Muench, ‘21

“I like this one song, it’s a Christian song, and it’s called ‘The Breakup Song. It’s basically just saying like that fear shouldn’t be that big of a role in your life, and you shouldn’t let fear stop you from doing anything.”

- Caroline Klare, ‘20

“'Scars To Your Beautiful.' I guess because it shows that you shouldn’t feel like you have to be a certain way in order to fit in, and that you should be yourself.”

- Katie Angeline, ‘21

“The most meaningful song to me is ‘I Can Only Imagine’ by Mercy Me because it reminds of my grandpa and my mom and I went and saw the movie. They turned it into like a movie about the song and it was really good and I like that song.”

- Anne Marie Broadwell, ‘20

“My favorite piece of music, my favorite song, is called ‘La Valse, which means ‘The Waltz’, and it’s a very long piece of music that was written for orchestra by Maurice Ravel. I just love that piece because it captures all different aspects of what a waltz is. There’s some really beautiful parts of it, then there’s some parts that are a little more intense and dramatic and some kind of lyric parts. It just has all kinds of things in it. The first time I heard it played, I heard it live. I was in an auditorium and I heard this orchestra playing it and it actually brought tears to my eyes. As much as I love music, that was kind of a rare thing, and I think it was because I was overcome by how beautiful a piece of music it was.”

- Ms. Backherms

“The song ‘Suit And Jacket’ by Judah and the Lion. It’s about like growing up and it’s super cute. It makes me want to cry.”

- Clare Pitstick, ‘20

“Well, probably ‘You Found Me’ by The Fray because it’s saying that you’re not alone and there’s people around that will be there to help you.”

- Ingrid Schonberg, ‘22

“I don’t know if I can pick a song, but there’s a genre that speaks to me. Alternative really speaks to me because it just has a freelance vibe which is how my life is, I’m very go-with-the-flow. One of my favorite songs, it’s in Japanese, is called ‘Snobbism’ and it’s a little bit alternative and pop, but it’s basically about how our generation always wants what they can’t have, even if it’s death. I also love music from the 1950’s because it’s very vintage and it feels familiar, yet it’s different. It’s very refreshing from all the rap and stuff. I love dorky stuff from then, like ‘Put Your Head On My Shoulder’ by Paul Anka.”

- Danielle Schneider, ‘22

There is so much variety in the world of music, and it’s a wonderful thing to see so many different tastes at Saint Ursula. No matter what type of music you enjoy listening to, it can always touch you to your core.

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