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You Are The Music In Me


Author: Jamie Sommers




Rated: PG


Synopsis: I’m a freak for on screen chemistry so when I saw the video You Are The Music In Me for HSM2, I was instantly hooked by the uncontrollable sparks that flew between Troy and Gabriella. This led to the desire to look further into the song and their emotions during it. In the very beginning of the video, Troy looked upset to me. Almost as though he had just had a spat with someone. (If you haven’t seen the video, then you should go to and watch it.) He was very tentative when the music first started, and he almost looked as though he was going through his own private little battle. That’s my interpretation anyway, and it made me want to write about it. I probably didn’t get all the words to the song right, but let’s just call it artistic license. I hope you enjoy my story and most of all….Happy Reading!!!



You Are The Music In Me




Troy stood at the end of the piano with his arms crossed and his back to both Kelsi and Gabriella. There was only one way to solve the issue at hand, it was time for the Playmaker to take action...


She was thoroughly proud of this song, as she based it upon her two friend’s romance. Kelsi had sat on the sidelines for a year and a half, watching Troy and Gabriella fall deeper and deeper in love, yet they had never said it out loud. Maybe, she thought, they could say it with music.


“Nah, nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah, nah, yeah...” Kelsi sang her new song for Gabriella, with a big smile on her face.  Troy was attempting to be upset, but Kelsi knew the way to get him out of his foul mood, was with music. Smiling up at Gabriella, Kelsi sent a secret message to her, in a way that only girls could understand. Troy Bolton didn’t have a chance at staying angry. Kelsi continued to sing in a somewhat timid voice, hoping that Troy and Gabby would soon take over. “You are the music in me.”


Kelsi looked at Troy’s back and pushed the sheet music, lying on top of the piano, towards Gabriella. “You know the words. Once upon a time.”


As Troy continued to stand with his back to the duo, he tried not to be distracted by the contagious melody coming from behind him. He listened to Kelsi’s singing, and simply couldn’t help himself. He was curious about this new song she had written for him and Gabriella, and there was no reason why he shouldn’t check it out.


The Playmaker’s plan was working all too well and Kelsi knew it. She gave Troy a quick smile and continued singing, “make you listen. There’s a reason.”


Troy dropped his hands and walked towards the girls, thinking that he’d just give the song a quick look. He glance over Gabriella’s shoulder and looked down at the sheet music. The song had a haunting quality to it, but he was still a little upset about the incident earlier. However, the combination of his love of music and the harmonies Gabriella and Kelsi were producing, were too much for him to handle.


“When you dream, there’s a chance you’ll find, a little laughter...” Gabriella looked up at him and continued singing, but this time he felt like she was singing the song directly to him, “or happy ever after.”


With a deep breath, he looked down at the music and gave into the need that was gnawing inside of him.


“Your harmony to the melody,” the three of them sang together, but to Troy and Gabriella no one else existed.  In one split second the whole world disappeared.


“It’s echoing inside my head.” Kelsi gradually stopped singing and let the pair do what they do best…sing.


“A single voice, above the noise, and like a common thread,” Gabriella couldn’t help but smile up at Troy as she continued to sing, but when he looked into her eyes, and sang to her as though she were the love of his life, her heart skipped a beat.


With as much tenderness as he could find in his heart, Troy leaned his head down within a breath to Gabriella’s and sang, “Hmmm, you’re pullin’ me.”


The tempo of the song began to pick up and the twosome continued to sing, “When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. Oh, you are the music in me.”


Troy walked behind Kelsi, as she enthusiastically accompanied the duo on the piano, and offered his hand to Gabriella.  “It’s living in all of us, and it’s brought us here because…”


Lifting her hand, Gabriella held onto Troy’s. “You are the music in me.”


The two of them beamed at one another as they sang in harmony, “Nah, nah, nah, nah. Nah, nah, nah, nah, yeah.”


The joyous melody had completely changed Troy’s mood, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” When Gabriella’s voice joined his,” you are the music in me,” electricity seemed to fill the air. Their fingers entwined of their own accord as their hands floated upwards. 


As the music continued, they both realized the words they were singing, could’ve come from their own thoughts. The lyrics Kelsi wrote for them seemed to describe every emotion they had felt for one another.  It was scary, yet exhilarating, opening up your heart so much, but to know the other person felt the very same way was truly extraordinary and nothing short of miraculous.


Gabriella confessed, in music to him, “It’s like I knew you before we met.”  Instantly thinking to herself, like kindergarten.


Troy answered her with a reply that told her the very same thing. “Before we met.”


“Can’t explain it.”


“Uh Huh.”


“There’s no name for it.”


“No name for it.”


They told one another, in harmony, “I’m saying words I’ve never said.”


Troy’s heart had never felt so exposed, but he didn’t care, he just wanted to let Gabby know how wonderful loving her was to him. The power and conviction in his voice came from his very core,” and it was easy, because you see the real me.”  No one had ever made him feel so at ease with himself like Gabriella had.


She watched Troy put his hand over his heart as they sang, “As I am. You understand, and that’s more than I’ve ever known,” and the feelings within her, continued to flow free. “To hear your voice above the noise, and know I’m not alone. Oh you’re singing to me.”


They moved to the music’s beat letting it rule their every movement. “When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. You are the music in me.”


Gabriella moved around the piano, never once taking her eyes off of Troy, as he lied across the top of it. “It's living in all of us…”


He looked up, into Gabriella’s eyes and lifted his hands. With one hand he brushed her arm and with the other he gently caressed the black skeins of hair that hung down. Cradling her cheek in his hand, “…and it's brought us here because, you are the music in me,” Troy basked in her beauty.


The composition swelled as Troy hopped off of the piano and faced Gabriella from the opposite side of the instrument. The strength of the music grounded them in place as they took a stance and simply sang their hearts out to each other.  Telling one another how strong the feelings they had were seemed to be a necessity. “Together we gonna see. We got the power to say what we feel. To making it real, and keep it all inside. Oh Yeah….”


“Nah, nah, nah, nah.”


“Oh yeah, yeah, yeah.”


“Nah, nah, nah, nah.”


“You are the music in me.” They danced their way around Kelsi, never once noticing the group of people that heard them singing from down the hall. Their friends bopped into the room, moving to the beat of the song, and stood around the piano joining in on the catchy tune.


Troy and Gabriella continued to sing and dance their way around the baby grand oblivious to their surroundings. “Nah, nah, nah, nah. Oh yeah. Nah, nah, nah, nah. Oh yeah. You are the music in me. When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. Oh you are the music in me.”


Troy held Gabriella by the waist and lifted her effortlessly onto the piano as she sang, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah.” He leaned his back up against her and just let the melody take over.


Their smiles radiated glee and their spirits soared throughout the room. “When I hear my favorite song, I know that we belong. Oh you are the music in me.”


“It’s living in all of us,” Troy lifted Gabriella up and held onto her waist, slowly placing her down on the ground, they began to sway to the music. “It’s brought us here because; you are the music in me.”


Their group of friends continued to harmonize in the background, “Nah, nah, nah, nah,” as Troy and Gabriella danced with their arms around each other.


“Uh huh. Oh yeah.” Gabriella’s arms settled around Troy’s neck as his fingers gripped her waist.


Turning in a circle, the song coming to an end, it was time for them to sing their final, I love you to one another,” You are the music in me.” Their hearts were beating frantically, as the air expelled from their bodies.


With eyes locked, foreheads resting against one another’s, and the tips of their noses brushing gently against each others, Troy looked deeply into Gabriella’s eyes and sang softly, “Yeah.”  All of the anger and frustration that filled him earlier has dissipated, and all that was left was the feeling of utter bliss.


Gabriella smiled at Troy as she watched him try to control his emotions. The entire time they had been dating, she had never felt such intimacy as she did in that moment.  It amazed her that she could feel the way she did. Yes, loving Troy was a joy, but being loved by him was a gift.


Their friends hooted and hollered for the duo’s interpretation of Kelsi’s newest creation and although Troy and Gabriella appreciated the applause, they were disappointed there were so many people occupying their space. Giving each other one final look, a look that promised they would continue this ‘conversation’ when they were alone; they headed over to their friends to congratulate Kelsi on her newest achievement.


Just as they came to the corner of the piano, Kelsi gave Troy a knowing look, as if to say, I new you couldn’t stay mad. He thanked her with his smile, while silently taking Gabriella’s hand in his own. He squeezed it just enough to get her attention and told her with the look on his face, you really are the music in me Gabby. I love you.


With a duck of her head, and a blush to her cheek, Gabriella’s lips lifted in a way that told him, me too.