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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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Funky Rhythm vs. Call of the Wild

My room can be messy, my bathroom; not sparkling, the floor is a great place to hang clothes but none of these things phase me, they’re just chores. My sacred places, which happen to be my room, my bathroom and the t.v. room, are beautiful to me as they are, why fix what ain’t broken, right?

The standards I hold for everything evolve as I “mature”, I always find it interesting to sit back and observe my reaction to different situations, and of course at this stage everything I do is right. The mess by my nightstand for example, it can wait; the latest episode of the Real World takes major priority.

What is cleaning my room if I don’t see who left the house this week? I can do my homework while listening to headphones, but hearing classical music coming from the radio really does kill my eagerness to learn.

A great example of teenage tolerance is a time in my English class where the gap between modern beats and nature’s beauty collided. We sit down, of course smiling from ear to ear hanging on every word the teacher says. The teacher assigns a chapter of reading, not fun, but will most likely be tested on. We could swallow the reading but what came next was too much to stomach, even for my strongest peers. From out of nowhere came bird calls, thunder, rain; nature sounds!

Other than the fact that the room was in the middle of the building with no windows or apparent signs of nature, it was just completely bizarre to all of us. I understand the peace and wonder of nature, but there’s no fun in listening to thunder, where’s the Kanye West, the Justin Timberlake?

I have experimented with listening to classical, music without words, soft and soothing instruments, but it’s just not stimulating to the musical senses. There is nothing better than jamming to some of the latest hits while trying to understand the latest Spanish class chart. For now I have resolved that listening to soulful melody changes accompanied by recorded and digitally mastered voices is just what I need to face any homework challenges that come my way. For now it’s all about finding something with a funky rhythm to bob my head to and taking everything else as it comes.


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