It’s truly amazing the way music resonates with you. Music is moving, such a simple concept, right? Nah, it’s not simple, but that’s the beauty of it.
JoJo stopped over in Dallas today for a small club show. Yeah, JoJo as in circa 2004 “Leave, Get Out” break up tunes for all middle schoolers. This same JoJo who released Marvin’s Room a few years (and loads of maturing) later. Yup, it’s the same JoJo who released 3 songs earlier in 2015 that didn’t get much attention. She also has a record coming out soon, in case y’all were curious.
But back to the story. This isn’t really about JoJo. Not that I couldn’t sit here and tell you about her set at Dada tonight and how she’ll be at Warehouse Live tomorrow night (shameless plugs), but I’ll save that for another post.
I want to talk about the power of music. The way different songs resonate with you and how much a song can change your perception.
Leave, Get Out was a song I listed to when I was 12. I certainly didn’t have a boyfriend, let alone a cheating scumbag of a boyfriend, but I loved that song. I screamed the words with my friends at sleepovers. I felt powerful. I had the power to acknowledge someone else’s mistakes and tell them to leave my life. It was empowering in all of the right ways. When my relationships with friends and family weren’t healthy and I was being treated poorly, I could listen to that song and sing right along with JoJo. A few years later, high school and boys are a thing. I found myself listening to the same song. Stupid boys. They wasted my time… I cried… I thought my world was crashing.. I JAMMED out to some JoJo. “GET OUT, RIGHT NOW”. Again, it was empowering.
Here I am a young professional in my 20s. I’ve dealt with a completely different type of heartbreak. Being used in a way I didn’t know was even possible 10 years ago. Having my heart ripped out and thrown to the ground when I was no longer needed. Experiencing emotions that don’t even make you feel anything…except hollowness. 20 something me has had friendships that went from 100 to 0 real quick for the most personal of reasons. Losing love and loved ones that I took for granted. Growing up in a society that makes me feel like I am the cause of any and all failure, including relationships. Dealing with all of these different types of heartache and tribulations. Now here I am in a room of mostly 20/30 somethings, aching the same ache I felt when I was 12. Singing at the top of my lungs the same way young, carefree me did. Feeling emotion in the words that came out of JoJos mouth in 2015 the same way I felt them in 2004. Getting goosebumps and feeling powerful all over again. The song has grown up with me and has empowered me through so many different situations.
During JoJo’s intro, she said “I was 12… I didn’t know what it was like to be cheated on yet… Then I got cheated on and it changed from get out to GET THE FUCK OUT.” There were plenty of “yaaaaas honeys” coming from the crowd. I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt all the feels the same way I did 10 years ago, but yet in a totally new way all at the same time.
The same goes for so many songs out there. When a song is powerful, when a song hits you and makes you listen, it sticks with you. I may not be JoJo’s number 1 fan, but I can appreciate that multiple songs (Marvin’s Room more recently…) are more than just catchy tunes to listen to. They’re songs to get you through something. To empower you. To touch you.
JoJo ended the evening with a song off her new album… “I Am”. I have a feeling this song is about to take on the same role as the others. JoJo encouraged the crowd to positively reaffirm how they are worthy of love, a child of God and so much more. Next time you try and talk yourself down, remember that You Are and You Can.
And with that, my friends, I leave you with one thought. Music saves lives and sometimes you don’t even know it’s happening. Appreciate the art of music and the feels it stirs up. It’s a complicated, but that’s the beauty of it. Listen and love.