Wednesday, September 13th, 2017...11:30 pmmudds

Till I Remember The Name

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In the Spring and Summer of 2010 through 2013, I went through a sort of musical revolution. Up until that point I, like many of my peers, had lived and breathed pop music. The latest Pitbull, Rihanna, B.O.B., and Usher songs were always coming from my computer as I worked on various projects for school. It was a time where every prominent artist seemed to be at their peak. I didn’t know it at the time, but this period of constant pop stimulation was holding back my personal development. The songs I was listening to, though they were catchy and easy to dance to, two things that were of paramount importance to me, didn’t speak to my character. That is until I discovered, by accident, “Not Afraid” by Eminem.

In this song, I found an anthem. Yes, it was an angry song, emotionally driven by Eminem’s recent breaking of his addiction and first time being sober, but I found a refuge in it. It gave me a focus and an outlet for the myriad of emotional changes I knew I was experiencing. I was very moody as a budding pre-teen and teenager, and I was able to “regulate” my moods with music. Through this change in genre, I discovered Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name” and Eminem’s “Till I Collapse.” These two songs with their strong mottoes of hard work, dedication, and never giving up, helped to shape my mindset and worldview. Anyone who knows me will profess as to how self-confident I am, almost to the point of cockiness. It is in large part due to these two songs being my battle cry since I was in 8th Grade. Because these songs became my philosophy, I now firmly believe that if I put my whole effort into accomplishing a goal, no matter how hard it is, I can achieve my desired goal.

Song Lyrics:
– Till I Collapse: https://genius.com/Eminem-till-i-collapse-lyrics
– Remember the Name: https://genius.com/Fort-minor-remember-the-name-lyrics
– Not Afraid: https://genius.com/Eminem-not-afraid-lyrics



2 Comments

  •   Professor Seiler
    September 15th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Sayahn–So, how *did* you find “Not Afraid”–which, yes, sounds perfect for you. Did you go looking for it? Did it come through a streaming service? What created the surprise effect?

    Ok, I have some Eminem listening to do now…

  • Do you continue to find refuge and inspiration for personal growth in Eminem’s music, or have you moved on to other artists that speak to your current self better?

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