Why Music Is Stronger Than Any Other Life Force
Every passionate person in the world has a story about what drives them. Every artist has a story about when they realized that the power of creativity changed their life. Every person on this planet with a strong personal connection to music can tell you exactly when they realized that whatever they happened to be listening to carried a message larger than could be explained or determined in that single moment.
For me, that moment came when I was a teenager. I was sitting in my living room with my Dad and he was playing an old Nat King Cole record. As he was quite sick and very fatigued in this stage of his life, not an hour earlier did he look weak and exhausted. As soon as the music came on, it was as if he were 40 years younger and all he wanted to do was discuss the power behind the music and the reasons he idolized Nat throughout his whole life. After that instance, I had many more moments in my life where music proved to be arguably the most powerful and emotional force on this earth.
Because I feel so strongly about this power that music holds, I have developed a passion towards opening up the world to the importance of young people’s exposure to the arts. I don’t want to hear my young nieces tell me how much they hate playing recorder in school because it’s boring and repetitive. I want to hear how they love going to music class because they get to play the instrument of their choosing and really excel at it. I want to know that once they’ve finished their day at school, there are endless options of after school groups and gatherings based around music that they can be involved in. Lastly, I want the excitement and sometimes overwhelmingly emotional connection that music gives us to be encouraged and met with an equal amount of enthusiasm and the stimulation to pursue those feelings and explore their meaning.
I knew which music I liked from a young age but it was only as I got older that I started to really listen to lyrics; That is when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I connected with the beauty that came from people’s pain. The power behind a love story, that could only be properly expressed when accompanied with a melody (whether simple or complex) that guided you along the person’s journey as if you were right there beside them.
There are some people in this world who will put their musical tastes in a box and only listen to a certain genre because they believe it to be far superior to other styles. My frustration in this comes to life when I see musicians or teachers with this attitude. With musicians the frustration comes from knowing there is a good chance that there are young people out there being influenced by a person with close minded musical beliefs. This falls over into why I am frustrated when I see teachers projecting their close minded musical opinions on youth. If you have someone mentoring you musically, and telling you that there is only one genre of music worth listening to, that can cause people to discount a lot of important artists, melodies, and lyrics in their lifetime. Going to school is supposed to prepare you for life in a world full of diversity in culture, business, and arts. Music is an important part of that and being sheltered from various styles or genres of music will may discourage youths from looking further into the Mary Poppins bag of music. If you are forced to only listen to (or play) a style of music that does not entice you or spark curiosity, you are not given the chance to experience the impact that music can have on your life in many different ways.
I live for the moments when out of nowhere in a venue full of people, you get lost in the magic happening in the room; And the heart and soul of the performing musician(s) is so strongly felt that it is as if they are clinging to you.
As young people, it is our job to share this passion for music with others. Youth Voices are louder and more powerful than anything. Use that power and share with your community and abroad, the joyful, exhilarating, magic that is music. Dazzle them with your creative expression. You never know who you may connect with in an unexpected time and place. This powerful and expressive energy can bring a touch of positivity to everyone who is touched by the magic, therefore making the world an exceptionally brighter place.
“Music is the language of love, strength, and honor. Life shall follow music’s example.”