Some say music is the spice of life; others say music or a song makes the world go round but sometimes I wonder what the hell we really know about music? As far as I can tell, very little. How can we claim to know so much about something that touches the soul so deeply when we have enough trouble as it is taming our conscience? I for one believe music is dynamic, complex and for the most part mystical.
I’ve spent long hours trying to figure out why music, a non living thing, would possess so much power. Power that can manipulate the mind, relax the body and also captivate the soul. I also find it ironic that with such power at our fingertips, we still waste money on guns and other “tools of death” just so we can hurt each other. In my perfect world, if someone is a thorn in your skin, all you have to do is sing the person a bad song just so you can spoil his/her day. Seriously, there’s a lot less cleaning up to do after.
Back to the matter at hand, what exactly is music? More specifically, what is a song? In my attempt to answer this question which looks so surprisingly simple, I had to do a bit of soul searching. I asked myself these questions; What kind of person am I? What role does music play in my life? Does the music I listen to determine the kind of person I am or does the kind of person I am determine the kind of music I listen to?
After trying to answer these questions, I didn’t find myself at a dead end, instead, I found myself in the land of the doldrums. As I tried to go deeper, I found myself going in circles and as I tried coming back to reality, the more I got lost in a forest of entangled thoughts and twisted emotions. Suddenly, I was struck with a moment of brilliance or maybe it was insanity, I don’t really know but it got me thinking. Eventually, it got me lingering in a realm I never knew had existed.
I’ve discovered that vitality is the essnce of music and that “bad music” is not music at all, its just noise. Have you ever noticed that feeling you get when listening to a song you love, good music makes you feel alive, healthy and free. Music gets you in touch with your emotions, when you listen to music a barrage of emotions take hold of your heart such as joy, pride, love, sadness and sometimes hate amongst many others. Listening to music in a terrible situation can even bring back hope that was lost.
Never underestimate the power of a song, a song can lift you up but it can bring you down too. We should never forget that music is part of the fabric of our existence and that without it, our lives will just be dull and incomplete.
written by: Timi Johnston