Music is a huge part of my life. I’ve written about it before on my old blog, Inspired by Music. I’ve been guilty of posting song lyrics as my status in the ever so secretive way of communicating my feelings. I’ve championed Spotify as if it were the second coming of Jesus and I spam my friends inbox’s with a constant barrage of music I enjoy and hope they will to.
The thing about music is that it’s universal. It’s timeless. It has no real boundaries. A song can be just a few seconds long, or last an hour. Lyrics don’t have to make sense. The tempo and beat don’t have to stay consistent nor do they have to sound good to every single person who hears them. Music is the most direct reflection of life I think we have as humans. It captures and represents the mindset of the artist who created it, at the moment they chose to create. Yet when someone hears it, their own mindset can twist and turn the nature of the song to whatever their heart pleases. A song created out of sadness, can be another persons happy place. It can be interpreted countless different ways depending on the audience. Unlike writing, or painting, which typically have a very clear point and mood in which they’re trying to convey, music isn’t so clear. Metal may sound like nothing but angry music as my wife would argue, yet there are countless songs that fall into this genre which speak of love, happiness, and even religion. On the opposite end, I’ve heard country songs that sounds quite and soothing, yet when I heard the lyrics I felt angry or sad.
Music has always moved me beyond comprehension. I’ve been in the middle of my work day when a song comes on, I focus on the lyrics, and I am literally brought to tears. Most of the time this happens, it’s unexpected and from a genre I wouldn’t imagine could move me so much. This is why I feel as though there isn’t anything else in existence that can reach people in the same way that music can. I share it as often as possible. I listen to as much of it as I can. I share lyrics and watch peoples faces as they listen to a song that means something to me for the first time. I get excited when someone likes a song or album I’ve shared with them. I feel humbled when someone tells me a song I shared connected with them. That’s what is so amazing about music. I may not be the creator, but I can share the work as if it were my own and enjoy the reaction that it receives from others.
Music connects us. It gives us common ground and something we can all relate to; raw emotion and feeling. In the end, when everything else is gone, that’s all we have. In the end, no matter our color, our beliefs or age, music bridges the gap and connect us all through that which makes us human. Without music, what would we have left to bridge those gaps?