Packaged Deal

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This was the Personal Essay I had to write for my English class. My first 100% essay. Revisions unnecessary. Yes, I was proud.

Submitted: May 30, 2012

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Packaged Deal

It was just me, the country side, and the sheep. Nothing kept me fifty feet in the air except me. The icy winds ran on my face and through my hair. I looked below and saw the herd of white fleece. As I lowered and gathered speed they all scattered in different directions. I soared back upwards and appeared flying over a valley settle between emerald green mountains. What made this dream even more exhilarating was the song, "China Begins" from the movie Forbidden Kingdom playing in the background. Music and Imagination. In my mind, you can't have one without the other.

Music is like the wings to ones' soul, while imagination is like the winds that help it soar. Its wonderful power is to set us free from reality. It allows us to be someone else, somewhere else. As for me, I've been a wizard at Hogwarts, a shinigami (death god) fighting evil at school, a ninja doing only what ninja can do, and much more. The list goes on. I'm sure Einstein would agree with me. After all he did say, "Logoc will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

When people ask me what songs I listen to, I hesitate while asking questions in my head. Do they think I'd be so limited in my music interests that I'd have time to name them all? Is it normal for a teenager to be listening to Mozart, instrumental music, or celtic singing? I thought, Oh what the heck maybe they'll think I'm interesting. Wrong. I name some of my favorite genres and what do I get? A freaked out expression and an awkward farewell. However I hold no shame and no regrets for the music I love because believe it or not music and imagination in some ways saved my life. In my early teenaged years i felt very uncomfortable with who I was. Negative thinking was my way of life. It kept me from getting ahead of myself. And then I developed a passion for music which awakened my sense of imagination. And that gave me a new and more possitive perspective on life.

These two things are immensely useful. It helped me be creative and convey things I wasn't good as expressing. Most of all it can be used as a way of communication and connecting with audiences. In this day in age music is a worldwide entity. What better way to communicate with the public than by music? Apart from the universal reasons why music is so awesome, I have reason to believe that they make up a vast amount of who I am.

One night I was on Youtube and fell upon a video of a man playing one of the most beautiful violin pieces I have ever heard. His name was Ben Chan. The song he was playing was called, "Never Meant to Belong" from the Bleach anime soundtrack. I scrolled down to the comments and found one that hit me. It said, "It's like the violin is crying." I scrolled back up to the video and looked closely at the instrument. My vision got blurry as my tears sat at the edge of my eyelids. I was so inspired that I updated my Facebook status right away. I wanted everyone to know about my new discovery. I had written, "Instruments tell us stories without words. It's hard to think that they don't have souls."

If you ask me, music and imagination are a packaged deal. If this essay was a movie, this here would be the ending credits. The background would be a purple-orange sunset. And finally the song playing would have to be "Moonlight" by Yiruma; a beautiful piano piece that tells me that an end takes place for a new beginning.


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