What role does music play in your life?
Having sung since I can remember (and far before that, my mother tells me), music and song are inextricable from my life. It’s no happy accident that movies are scored, and that specific tones evoke or heighten emotion. Music has helped me survive loss, and hurt. Music bolsters my courage, energizes me, and connects me to others.
When I sing, I feel like a separate entity is within me, making beautiful sound come out of me – especially wonderful if I’m feeling ugly in any sense of that word. Music is that in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
I am definitely a rock-n-roll woman,
although I appreciate many musical genres, and instrumentation. While I can’t listen endlessly to certain genres, cultural influences, whether regional or global, enthrall me. Music through the ages and across cultures fascinates me with its many variations and combinations of sound and style. If you’ve been exposed to music from around the world, you can listen to a piece and likely know what part of the world it’s from, and I find that astonishing. We bend and re-shape genres more and more these days, mixing old world in with new, in ever-expanding creative expression.
I can be moved to tears, called to action, and filled near bursting with joy – all from one song! My inner homeland soundtrack includes: America The Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, This Land Is Your Land, and dozens of others, while other country’s anthems and signature songs connect me to people and places I might not otherwise feel any affinity toward.
Music helps us learn, and moves uniquely through our brain. A fascinating look at this can be found here: This Is Your Brain On Music. The academic writing and science made it difficult for me to follow some of it because of my learning deficits, but it’s remarkable material and well worth reading.
Beyond the scientific data, we know that music touches us as few other things do. I find it incomprehensible that there once was a movement to banish music, and some people still believe that music is somehow ‘evil’, and responsible for humanity’s downfall. Yes, emotions are heightened, but the same thing can be said about prayer, and anytime people gather for a common purpose – with or without music.
To me, music is life.
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