one of the greatest feats of music is it's ability to capture all of the elements of a specific memory - the melody of our mind. brenna wall tells us about how she experiences her life moments through music. in outlining these life events for us, she illustrates scenes from her life that are deeply connected with a specific song's ability to connect with these memories and emotions. in this highly emotive and moving interview, brenna reveals how music intertwines with her understanding and expression of herself.
in her formative years, the shape of her parent's experience with music heavily molded her understanding of music's place in her life. the golden musical moment, where she realized music's ability to capture the sentiments of a moment was in her family jam sessions. she describes her kid-cousins dancing along to the harmonious gathering of adult family members each weaving thier instrument into the great musical celebration. in this norman rockwell-esc scenario, brenna pairs this scene with the description of the music played. her family's combination of folk-style jam sessions still holds a pivotal place in her taste of music - reflected in her appreciation for bands like fleetwood mac, mumford and sons, dr. dog.
along with these childhood memories, brenna's reflections continue to intertwine particular songs with her own sense of self-discovery. brenna describes her first concert experience, the 1975, as a pivotal moment in her journey of independence. she describes the atmosphere of her experience at the 1975 concert and the emotional elements that are associated with being in a place of people all experiencing the same music. upon reflecting on her memory, it is clear that these artists who were present on her journey to adulthood, bring her back to very specific versions of herself. music's place in memory is solidified in her responses and lays out for the audience these overarching human connections to music.
as much as music is connected to beautiful moments, brenna also reminds us that they can also bring up times of struggle. despite the difficulty of confronting these memories, they have just as important a place in understanding ourselves. within the growing pains of high school, brenna describes a time when she confronted the emotional angst of being a teen with the beauty she found within the lyrics of twenty one pilots, "The world is cruel, but we are beautiful".
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