Music inspires, shapes and transforms our lives

May 7, 2024

Beabadoobee @ The Fonda (cropped). Photo by Justin Higuchi licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Ffion Rogers shares her favourite music and its resonating connections

I often find myself looking back in disbelief to the time when I said, “I could live without music”. When I was younger, about 13, before the pandemic hit, I didn’t pay much attention to music.

So much has changed since then. Now, music has this incredible influence on my life, intimately connecting me to the big shifts. Music affects my mood, resonates with my relationships, and paints the background to my day-to-day life.

I first started exploring my music taste during lockdown as an escape from issues at home, which were now magnified due to the extended hours spent inside. Finding comfort in Beabadoobee’s albums, Fake it Flowers and Patched Up, I fell in love with the Indie genre.

By 14, I was going from house to house, while my mum was searching for a new place for us to settle. I only took my headphones off to charge them. Beabadoobee, Mitski, Radiohead, Wolf Alice, Blur, all became the soundtrack to my new, more transient life.

I was lucky enough to get to see Beabadoobee, live in London, which was so amazing. In April I moved to a new flat with just my mum and sister, and I was gradually getting used to being back at school after a year working over Zoom.

At 15, issues with my friendship group kept my playlists pretty depressing with the addition of Deftones and The Smiths. Their melancholic sounds reflected my feelings, providing comfort through the shared expression of struggles.

Photo Beabadoobee gig in London

I got more immersed in the power of music with its capacity to make me feel connected

The build-up to Year 11 and GCSEs added to the pressure as well but, as time progressed, I did start seeing an end in sight. Things were starting to look up.

At 16, I started to get back into contact with my dad, we bonded over our shared love of music, and he would deliver records to the flat for me to borrow. I started listening to Jeff Buckley, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Smashing Pumpkins and Loyle Carner (to name a few).

I got more immersed in the power of music, with its capacity to make me feel connected. Last year, in June, the thrill of seeing Blur at Wembley was beyond words. I knew the music so well and the energy of the crowd was amazing.

In August, I had the opportunity to go to Reading Festival. I was completely captivated by the outstanding performances of so many great artists and bands, including Loyle Carner, Billie Eilish and Inhaler. Their music helps me find my voice and embrace who I am as a young women.

I’m 17 now. My room is basically plastered with band posters and my record collection has grown quite a bit.

Moving to college and starting A-levels has been a big change but I’ve found a good few people who love the same music as I do. They’ve introduced me to some new bands. As of right now I’m really enjoying the Cranberries, particularly the album Everyone else is doing it, why can’t we? and I’m looking forward to seeing The Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer in July!

My music taste has broadened massively throughout these last four years, and I’ve started to realise and appreciate how it is deeply intertwined with my personal life in a way I could never imagine particularly as a young woman facing the complexities of the world. Music has been my solace, my strength in navigating the challenges of womanhood, empowering me to rise above adversity and embrace my identity.

Ffion is a 17 year old student at Woodhouse College studying English Literature, Art and Classics. In her spare time she enjoys creating art, taking photos and listening to music.

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