When the world starts to get you down
And nothing seems to go your way
And the noise of the maddening crowd
Makes you feel like you’re going to go insane
There’s a glow of a distant light
Calling you to come outside
To feel the wind on your face and your skin
And it’s here I begin my story
Turn up the radio
Turn up the radio
Don’t ask me where I wanna go
We gotta turn up the radio
"Turn down the noise and turn up the volume," Madonna sings in "Turn Up the Radio," a song off her latest (and 12th!) album. Those words -- simple as they are -- really speak to me. So many times in my life I've turned down the noise of my life -- that chaotic buzzing of emotion and action and reaction -- by turning up the volume on my stereo. Music has always been there for me, a mix of words and beats to help me absorb whatever I'm going through. I truly believe there's a perfect song for every occasion and I've made it my personal mission to incorporate these sounds into my life (and the lives of anyone willing to accept a steady flow of mix CDs).
When I look back on the twenty-eight years I've lived, every moment, every season, every person can be represented by a song. Madonna's song "Turn Up the Radio" has reminded me just how much the simple act of turning up the radio can mean. A song can heal a heart, change a mind, capture a memory, turn a day from bad to good. A song can celebrate, captivate, and commiserate. The moment when you hear lyrics so clearly stating what you could not put into words, the moment when you connect with a song in a way that makes it impossible not to turn up the volume -- that moment makes you see just how important music can be.
When I started listening to Madonna's latest album I realized some of my earliest musical memories include Madonna songs. I recall my eight-year-old self dancing around my bedroom to "Lucky Star" and "Vogue." I remember rewinding my tapes of "Express Yourself" and "Into the Groove" again and again, vowing never to settle for second best. As I grew up, Madonna's tracks peppered my life -- dancing to "Crazy for You" at my first dance, relating to "Material Girl" during my superficial phase, feeling nostalgic for childhood with "This Used to Be My Playground," kneeling to "Like a Prayer" while singing at the top of my lungs, and banishing ex-lovers with "Sorry" and "Hung Up." Though I've never given much thought to Madonna's music or its impact on me, I realize now how much her songs have influenced me in a positive way.
Whether I was turning up a Madonna tune or listening to another one of the hundreds of artists that have impacted my life, I've always found music to be a powerful -- and positive -- force. As a celebration of music and all of the positive things it has brought to my life, I'm giving away 5 copies of Madonna's new album, MDNA. To enter to win a copy, see details below.
Five winners will be randomly selected on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 and will be notified via email. Below are the various ways you can enter to win.
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