The Power of Pop Music (Part 1)

Pop music has unlimited powers. It can take you on journeys far and wide. It can paint a thousand pictures with just a single song. I can inspire you. Pop music has unlimited powers. Here is my journey with Pop music.

When I was a child my father would play pop and country music stations. I grew up listening to My Humps by The Black Eyed Peas and Kerosene by Miranda Lambert. On my own, however, I listened to what kids my age typically listened to Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne. I am pretty sure every kid born before 2001 grew up on Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne. As I grew older I stuck to my Disney roots, I started obsessing over Hannah Montana and High School Musical like every other kid in America. I have all of their CD’s and DVDs.

When fourth grade came, I had been pretty much isolated from all other music besides Christian music. My parents decided to only listen to Christian music in the car. But my dad started breaking. He would put on pop stations everyone in a while. Every time he put one on, Ke$ha would come on. I used to love Ke$ha’s music so much as a kid. You know how the have gateway drugs and knives well, Ke$ha was my gateway to pop music.

One day, my parents and I were watching So You Think You Can Dance. It was Lady Gaga night. They all danced to Lady Gaga and played her videos and my mind was gone. I was 100% obsessed with Lady Gaga. Looking back now, an 11-year-old listening to Lady Gaga is really concerning but I didn’t care at the time. I would take my mom’s iPhone and watch her videos on YouTube on the way to and from school. Then I got an MP3 Player. My whole life changed. I had no clue you could download MP3s, so my parents and I went on Amazon and downloaded some music. I got 3 Lady Gaga songs and 2 Britney Spears songs. I knew about Britney Spears because of recommendations courtesy of YouTube and Pandora. Recommendations played a big part in my discography.

Soon my discography was growing on my MP3 Player. I had Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and some other stuff I can’t remember. One day, I was watching tv, this commercial came on for this CD called Now That’s What I Call Music 38. I was a compilation CD of all the “hits of today.” All I know is, I saw Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry on the track listing and I pounced. I told my mom about it and she took me to Walmart to buy it. Unbeknownst to her, those four songs were about the cleanest things on the CD. It was riddled with very inappropriate songs but,  I was just happy to have some new Lady Gaga. When my dad saw the CD he flipped out. He recognized some songs on it and took it away. He and my mom had a private listening session to approve of some songs and gave me a cd he made with the songs from Now That’s What I Call Music 38 that were appropriate. This cd also introduced me to P!nk.

Soon Christmas was coming and I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga and Femme Fatale by Britney Spears. I had been looking at these two albums for some time on Amazon. Also, all the kids in school had phones, so I wanted a phone. My parents told me no and said I could get an IPod. I remember the night of Christmas Eve, people were asking me what I wanted for Christmas, it was funny to tell everyone at church I wanted a Lady Gaga album. They were all pretty shocked. Controversy is fun when you are on the other end. On the day of Christmas, I got my IPod. On my IPod, I found the albums. These were my first albums that I have ever owned. I was so excited.

Soon, I was getting MP3’s left and right. I had Carrie Underwood, Calvin Harris, B.O.B, and just so many different people. Then, my dad took me to Best Buy and introduced me to the world of CDs. He let me get two CDs, In The Zone by Britney Spears and Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits by Christina Aguilera. These records blew my mind and sparked my interests in getting CDs.

Skip ahead to August 2013, I had so much music, but I was not a super-fan of anyone. I knew artists that I liked and loved but there was no one I was a super-fan. Then, Lady Gaga announced a single, app, and album. I was so excited. I literally took all of my attention and gave it all to the ARTPOP campaign. I knew everything about ARTPOP, I still know everything about ARTPOP. I watched all of her interviews, I wrote down ARTPOP lyrics on my arms, clothes, tests, shoes, anywhere I could. When the date came around that ARTPOP was to be released, I was so excited. That album changed my life….

To be continued.




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