St. Norbert Times

Memorable Music

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REBECCA JACQUES | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST

It happens to the best of us. A song plays on the radio, one we like or haven’t heard in awhile. Maybe you’re like myself and find yourself singing along, even if you mess up on some of the lyrics. The lyrics find their way into my memories. I could be working on homework, laying in bed or reading a book and the tunes creep their way in. I don’t know about you, but for me the same line will keep circling around my head. To stop this, I need to listen to the song and another random one. Then again, there’s the possibility this next one will take its place. The cycle is an endless one.

Currently starting to steal the show in most radio music is Christmas music. Songs we know, love and, for some, hate by the time Christmas is actually here.  In my dorm, we have a bulletin board decorated with colored paper in the shape of lights on which people have been writing down their favorite Christmas songs. “White Christmas” “Silent Night”, “Hallelujah”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Let It Go” are a few that have been written down so far. I know I have had “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” caught in my head and have caught myself humming “Silent Night” once or twice. I can never forget some of the songs I heard when I was younger either. The iconic songs like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” One tradition we have in our family is to go to a party with all our family members. After a good meal, some of my grandpa’s special punch and catching up with relatives we haven’t seen in a while, we end the night with some Christmas caroling. One of my cousins plays the piano and everyone else sings along. On the drive home, even though I’m half asleep, the songs still echo in my head.

It can be hard not to remember some songs when the lyrics are catchy and you’ve heard them played for the umpteenth time. This is often the case with a favorite band or artist. For me this would probably be Imagine Dragons or Disney. I like Imagine Dragons and similar music because of the beat and background music. The instruments played in the background compliment the song. The lyrics also play a part. With Disney songs especially, most of the songs are upbeat, plus we hear them so often it’s hard not to learn the catchy tunes and sing along. Although, who doesn’t have at least one Disney song they can’t forget?

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