with five other siblings, clare hennessey says that she has always experienced music in community. the itunes library became a shared platform to give and take songs, artists, and genres of music. as a result of this sibling musical collaboration, clare was probably the only third grader jamming out to "My chemical romance". the benefit of a shared musical space is not only within the acquisition of diverse music, but it also creates opportunity for experiencing music through the lens of community. clare shares with us some of her fondest musical memories - all the kids excited huddled around the family computer as bicker over who gets to pick the next song. this experience, although may have been annoying in the moment, has opened clare up to the power of community connection through relationships. clare's words capture the basics of music's intentions: allow people's inner-most thoughts and emotions to be in connection with others.
while the music is clare's life is heavily influenced by living in community with others, she also was able to gain a greater sense of individuality in exploring her own musical tastes. after being confronted by her inability to describe her taste in music to a cute boy, clare realized that she wanted independence in her music taste. the band, chastity belt - a group of all women singing songs of empowerment, was just the first step in acquiring her independent taste in music. while she still shares music with her siblings and feels most intimately music's capability while she is in community, the growth of an independent identity is very important to clare's musical experience. and from the hybridization of community and individuality in music, clare's taste in music has expanded immensely; effectively encompassing many aspects of her identity.
in her responses, clare highlights the parallels between her growth as a person and her taste in music growing strength in its independence. clare points out that growth should be viewed as unending, "we are not growing into something, we are growing in general and just adding to ourselves". THis testament to continual growth reflects her ever-changing taste in music. with the influence of communal experiences of music, clare portrays the fill that music provides: an emotional outlet and an opportunity to experience in community with others. on this journey of growth and understanding oneself, music stands side-by-side. in an effort to encapsulate these sentiments, clare's favorite lyric of all time can be applied, "more every year i shine light on edges i try to unfeel". here, clare explains how growth within herself takes shape in recognizing emotions and allowing herself to be vulnerable to them.
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