Musing on Music

I’ve been thinking (once again) about many things recently. One of the most powerful things in life is music. There are a few people in the world who understand this about me. I’ve been a musician on and off for what feels like just about forever. You might be thinking, “Well, you just told us that you’re a musician, of course music is powerful to you.” I believe it’s more than that, just hear me out.

Yes, music is something I’m passionate about, but that shouldn’t diminish how much it means to you.

Music is Powerful

The first point that I want to make is that music is powerful. It’s designed to evoke an emotional response, but it’s also designed to be enjoyable. Aren’t these two things mutually exclusive? No, I don’t believe so. Some music is just fun. Some music has a point to it. Some music is both. If you’re ever looking at just listening for emotion, I can recommend that you listen to something that brings out memories for you. I believe that music is inextricably intertwined with memory. You know how you sometimes smell something and it reminds you of your mum’s perfume she used to wear. The same thing applies to music.

Music tells a Story. Sometimes one that you don’t want to hear.

Sometimes words just don’t convey the emotion or message that you’re trying to get across. People carry music around with them and that affects how they interact with you regardless of whether they know it or not. Sometimes people don’t want to hear what you have to say, in those cases there may be a song which relates to how they’re feeling and to how you’re feeling. If words aren’t enough, then communicate with music.

Music is a Language

If you’ve ever looked at a piece of sheet music, unless you know what all the weird black lines and dots and shapes are, you were probably confused. That’s understandable. Sometimes just to add to the confusion people sing with it too, adding an entirely new layer.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is similar to how music tells a story. Sometimes it can be confusing to try to learn music, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used to communicate with someone else.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is more than one way to communicate with people, and if they’re not listening to your words then try to communicate on a far deeper far more emotional level. The first step in communication is understanding, and the first step in understanding is realizing that emotion connects everyone in a sense.

I’m guessing this is stuff you’ve probably heard before, but it’s important to understand the place that music has in our world, and how elemental it is to just about everything you do. Understanding how people react to and interact with music is one of the first steps to understanding who they are and what they care about.

Thanks for listening to some more of my crazy ramblings.

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