Music Fuels the Fire

By Ashleigh, age 13, Louisiana

Music influences people. Music helps people get through the tough times in their lives. The breakups, makeups, deaths of loved ones, and everyday dirt. I love music, and I love to listen to the newest songs from the freshest artists of all types when I'm up or down. From rock to pop, country to rap, and reggae to classical, music is one of the center points of our everyday lives.

Here, let me show you. We all have songs we can relate to. Having a bad day? Well, I might recommend Sade. She's a little old school, but still one of the best. With her smooth voice and suave lyrics, she can get you out of any funk and get you ready to face the world for another day. Want to be inspired? I listen to Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful", or Christina Milian's "Believer". These are two awesomely written songs by two lovely and talented singers. The pain of not being confident enough or not thinking that you're beautiful enough shows in the lyrics, and they also tell you how to overcome it. It's hard, but with determination, anything is possible.

Need something to fuel your anger? Listen to "Anxiety" by Black Eyed Peas and Papa Roach, or Fefe Dobson's "Unforgiven". Black Eyed Peas did a great job with "Anxiety", talking about how you just wanna slap somebody, but you won't give into it. The electric guitar in this song is awesome, and it can really get you going. Fefe talks about her father never being there to see who she's become. The lyrics taught me to always remember the small things. What might not be important to you, might be really important to someone else.

You see, music does have a purpose. I hope this article has convinced you that music plays a big part in our lives. There's always a song out there that will suit your mood. Happy, sad, mad, confused, or excited, music will always be there. You could be singing in the shower or blasting your music through the car stereo, and wondering "What's Mariah Carey' new song gonna to be off the Emancipation of Mimi?" or "I really liked Nashville Star last night - I wonder who'll win?" Music fuels the fire to the flames of the general ups and downs of our complex lives.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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