Black History Month: Day 20

It doesn’t matter what you think of Mariah Carey. She’s a legend. There are few people who have the voice and range she’s had and there are few people who have as much success as her.

Her rise to fame, along with the music that accompanied it, was amazing. Despite the issues Mariah had in the early 2000s, it was great to see her back to where she deserved to be with The Emancipation of Mimi.

The Emancipation of Mimi came out during the end of my junior year of high school. I remember being on a marching band trip to Disney World and being excited to buy her album from the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney. My best friend and I sang along to some of the songs on the bus rides to and from the hotel. It was a pretty exciting time for us.

I remember singing along to “Shake It Off” (when I was mad) and “Mine Again” (when I was sad) while dealing with the a breakup with one of my high school boyfriends. I also remember watching videos of the singles she released on MTV every morning while I got ready for school or after school at my friend’s house.

I have a lot of memories associated with Mariah Carey’s music, but my favorite ones are definitely from high school. I related to the emancipation aspect because I knew I would be leaving home and heading to college. I saw it as my own type of freedom. I felt held back and sheltered at home and going to college helped me learn more about myself. I want to thank Mariah for providing the soundtrack for that last little bit of time.