Music is my favorite way to break writer’s block, and my high school creative writing class is a testament to that with “Strangers” by Mt. Joy being the inspiration behind the protagonist of my short story.
High school represents a time when teens are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be, and the creatures on Mt. Joy’s 2020 album “Rearrange Us” portray that through unique and strange designs. Creature designs by Steve Girard; Graphic created by Isabel Rinkenberger
My sister was the biggest influence on my music taste. I was a pre-teen when she was a teenager and I wanted to be just like her, everything from her fashion style to the music she listened to. She listened to pop stars such as Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. Ke$ha’s debut album, “Animal,” was a huge hit among teenage girls because she wrote songs about experiences many girls go through growing up: having crushes, partying and being betrayed by a friend, to name a few.
Concerts at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, located in Maryland Heights, Missouri, are an integral part of growing up for anyone in high school. This concert photo was taken Sept. 10, 2022. Photo by Emily Retzer
With 6.5 million Christmas lights, Silver Dollar City takes the award for the ultimate Christmas lights show experience. Located in Branson, Missouri, Silver Dollar City attracts thousands of visitors every Christmas season not only for the riveting rides and live shows, but also for the spectacular display of Christmas trees, wreaths, and miles of ribbon and garland spread throughout the park.
Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like hot chocolate, presents and family gatherings, but also a colossal sign is a good way too. This gigantic “Merry Christmas” sign greets visitors as they enter Silver Dollar City in Branson. All photos by Kaylee Ascher
Some people might find it difficult to name their favorite song of all time, but for me once I heard the song that would be my favorite it hasn’t stopped being my favorite since. This song is and will forever be “Fireflies” by Owl City.
Sound and music have the ability to spark memories as if we are reliving a moment or an experience in time. For me, this song is “Fireflies” by Owl City. Photo courtesy of Artie_Navarre on Pixabay