Through Our Ears and Straight to Our Soul Everyone has a certain song that just speaks to them. Whether it’s the lyrics speaking to our hearts or the beat that moves our feet, music moves us. It pushes us in a different direction, into meeting new people, and to find ourselves. Music has the power to affect lives. In a study done by Schafer, Seldmeier. Startler, and Huron, 129 people were all asked to finish the following sentence, “I listen to music because” (Schäfer). Some answers were “because it s me find my own way”, “because it calms me”, “because it can make me dream”, and “Because it gives me the energy I need for the day”(Schäfer). Music affects each of these people in such a way that it touches their lives. The first quote shows how music can bring out the real you and that leads you to making your own decisions and following the right path for you in your life. The quote that follows the first speaks to how music can evoke feeling in a person. This musical ‘happy place’ s many through very tough times in their lives that they might have carried with them longer than without music. Quote number three also speaks to this ambiance that music makes for us. It gives a kind of high that can lift up anyone who needs it and that leads into the final quote, “because it gives me the energy I need for the day.”(Schäfer) Over 25 percent of the United States have a diagnosable mental illness.(Mkurz@ca-industries.com. “Mental Disorders in America.”) Music is a type of therapy for many of these people and can quite literally “How Has Music Changed Your Life?” Personal interview. 10 Nov. 2016. Kurth, Carl W. “How Has Music Changed Your Life?” Personal interview. 10 Nov. 2016. Mkurz@ca-industries.com. “Mental Disorders in America.” Mental Illness Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016. Schäfer, Thomas et al. “The Psychological Functions of Music Listening.” Frontiers in Psychology 4 (2013): 511. PMC. Web. 8 Nov.