Music to Madness

Kari L


No homework, no job, no practice, no responsibilities. She’s happier than ever driving home from school. So when a sad song comes on, she quickly tries to change the playlist. After all, she’s just not feeling it. She needs a fast song, fast like the way she’s driving. She needs a song with different lyrics, different beats, different like the colors on the stoplights…the stoplights that she’s not looking at. Finally, she finds the song that hits the green light in her head for what she wants to hear. But outside her head, outside her playlist, it’s not a green light. Suddenly, she doesn’t hear the beat of the song, but the beat of her car against another. She’s no longer feeling the song, but instead the pain rushing through her body. There is no longer a song. But she wakes up, eyes squinting as the bright lights come into focus. She is in a hospital and the only thing song she hears is the nurse telling her the consequences of her actions. “Both legs broken, severe concussion, unlikely to recover fully” And suddenly, that sad song she didn’t want to hear in the car has not only ruined her life, but has become her life. Pick your playlist before you drive. Deal with a song you don’t like. After all, you’d like a bad song better than a devastating accident.


Many teenagers have music playing while they drive, which can easily help them focus. However, too many times, they try to skip a song or change the playlist as they’re driving in order to have a better experience. Although mentioned less than texting, changing the music during driving can be just as dangerous. Hands are off the wheel, eyes are off the road, your mind is thinking about the song and not about what’s in front of you. This writing shows a possible impact of what can happen when someone tries to drive distracted, specifically focusing on music.