This I Believe: Music Sets Us Free

Mar 11, 2018


This I Believe 2018 Essay by Kenna Thompson (Harrison High School)
Credit Rachel Lattimore

I believe that music can unite the world. It can change the world. It can save the world. It is a way to deeply feel emotions and to express yourself. Concerts allow us to escape the reality of the cruel world we live in and feel happiness with the people around us. After the day I went to see Troye Sivan in concert with my best friends, I realized how important live music is to humanity.


I remember it like it was yesterday. My best friends and I took a road trip to Chicago. During the trip, we listened to iconic Lady Gaga bops and got very excited for Troye’s performance, knowing that there would be a similar crowd to Lady Gaga’s at the show. We were ready to have the night of our lives. The anticipation was building up so much, I could feel it burst out of my mom’s Honda when we stepped out to run to the venue.

We arrived at the venue two hours before the show. We joined the line and were surprised when we saw at least 500 people already waiting. As we walked past the rainbow of people, I realized how important this show was to everyone around me, especially the LGBT community, which a lot of my friends and I are a part of.

Everyone there was different, but we all were there to see the same person. Troye’s music has inspired and changed many people’s lives. Some people had been out here since 3 a.m. that morning just to see him. The doors opened and the line packed in the ballroom to its full capacity of 5,000 people. We rushed as close to the stage as we could get. The crowd stood close and shared hugs and conversations. Pride flags waved above our heads and glitter covered our arms. This crowd was the most beautiful one I had ever seen. It felt amazing.

The colors faded as Troye’s song began to fill the speakers. The crowd roared and my heart pounded out of my chest. The rainbow lights flickered as Troye emerged onto the stage singing. Everyone was smiling and knew the words to his song. When Troye performed his song dedicated to the LGBT community, my body sank into the smooth synths of the music as everyone shared hugs, laughs, dances, sobs, and kisses around me. It was the most beautiful moment that I had ever been a part of.

I will remember this moment for the rest of my life. I will think about it when I’m listening to music in the car with my friends, and when I have my headphones on in the hallway. Music has such a powerful impact on humans. When I saw how many people were dedicated to Troye and felt so connected to his music, I realized how important it is. It can unite us in divisive times, make us feel deep emotions, but most importantly, music can make the world happy.