Skipping with the Music

Almost all songs have tonal shifts: the music changes from the singer to a chorus, or from soft to that grating part, or in some other way there is a change. After hearing a song once, I automatically start waiting for that one moment where the song changes. Of course, most songs have several of those tonal shifts, so I wait for one and then right after, I start expecting another musical transformation.

In songs I hate, this expectation, anticipation rather, of a tonal shift causes me no problems and I can skip the song or stop waiting with no problem.

However, some songs leave me waiting and waiting and waiting until there is a moment’s break and I can breathe again. But up to that millisecond, I hold my breath and try not to die.

Because, a lot of songs I like, for some perverse reason have that one super amazing tonal shift after about a minute. So there I am, trying to enjoy myself, or maybe even trying to sleep and fifteen seconds after the song begins, I stop breathing, speeding up my eventual death by tonal shift drowning on land.

And there is absolutely no way for me to solve this breath problem. For an entire year I was obsessed with a whale noises CD, but eventually I started picking out different whales and I would look forward to a particular whale’s very primal call.

However, I have recently found a particularly unique resolution- meditation music. As much as it can be boring and methodical, the repetition of gongs and mellow sounds can never be predicted or memorized because of their sheer ubiquity in yoga music.

The music may possibly save my breathing pattern and decrease my stress level. Or at least it has become my to go sound for those times in which I have less time to worry about my survival and more time to worry about my exhaustion level.

Silvia Pera

Silvia is a current senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. She writes for the Houston Chronicle classroom newspaper, DUDE magazine, and the Carnegie Voice (her school's newspaper). She is co-print editor for the Chronicle Insight.

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