Of Love and Mixtapes

A metacognition on the place of music and love


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Mixtapes became popular in the 90s as way of showing their S.O how they felt through special songs.

Victor Hugo said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” We cannot always put how we feel about the people close to us into words. We perceive love in actions like kisses and sweet gestures. We feel as though it flows through our veins, just as we feel music touching us, giving us oxygen in our blood.

So often, music is about love. Whether that be heartbreak or falling for the first time, most of our music is infused with it. Musicians sing about being in love, broken hearts, or to prove they are over them. Society can’t get enough of Adele, John Legend, The Beatles, and so many more that sing about the good and bad aspects of love. We relate to these songs because we can empathize with the musician. One of the most mundane aspects of our existence is wanting to know we are not alone.

As a society, music is a staple in our culture no matter how it is translated. Love is the fabric of us, and so it is only reasonable that they are so intimately related. It is why we walk down aisles to music and why religious people sing to their deity(ies). It is why we have father-daughter dances, first dances, mother-son dances to songs that have private meanings. It is why people tattoo lyrics on their bodies and why people serenade to their lovers. It is why mixtapes came to be, and it is why couples come up with a song specifically for them.

In pop culture, music is powerful as well. It can be used for ethos in advertisements and dramatic scenes between two love interests. Music is the backbone in movies, especially romance movies, and it can convey a million things in a single moment. Love and music is why John Cusack holds a boombox over his head to win Ione Skye in Say Anything, and why Heath Ledger serenades Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. Music is the reason why the iconic moment when Judd Nelson puts his fist in the air in The Breakfast Club means so much more than getting the girl.

We find a certain type of fulfillment in being able to relate to music that gives words to our feelings, especially one of the most confusing feelings. Music has a very special place in our society because it communicates for us when we lack the adequate words to truly speak.

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