Let’s cut to the chase. Music. You love it, I love it, everyone loves it. No matter who you are or where you come from, anyone can appreciate a tune. From listening leisurely to rekindling brain function (yes, its that powerful) music has a way of evoking emotion, bringing out long-lost memories, and even uniting us. It is passion at it’s finest. It is the most powerful form of expression.
I’ve always loved music. Some of my earliest memories are of standing in front of the TV singing along to such classics as Sesame Street’s “Rubber Ducky” and the one song that inspired me to learn the saxophone, “Put Down the Ducky“. Today, it wouldn’t be surprising to see me on Spotify or Youtube searching for new music and updating my playlists. To me, music is the fastest and most effective way to deal with stress as it helps me realize that in the end, none of the bad even matters (Sup Linkin Park?)
A great thing about music is that, across the many genres there are, you can always find at least one aspect of any genre that you can appreciate. If I had to choose a favorite genre it would have to be modern folk because of the deep meaning behind the lyrics, but I also listen to a lot of rap, rock, pop, punk and yes, even the repetitive genre of EDM. All of these genres bring so much to the table that it astounds me how many people choose one or two and hate on the rest. I mean, it’s like you’re sitting at the table on Thanksgiving and there’s a delicious pot of rap, a steaming plate of folk, aromatic punk, and sweet EDM for dessert….and you just take one! No way! To really be an audiophile, you need to indulge in everything. Stimulate your mind and embrace the meaning behind every song. Look for the good and stop hating!
Did you check out that snippet of video I linked earlier about Henry? No? Well do it. Okay, wasn’t that incredible? Sit back and think about that for a second. This elderly man who is in a very deep stage of Alzheimer’s reverses his condition in a sense and gives him the ability to once again interact with the world around him. Music, seemingly nothing more than a brief auditory experience, did more for this man than any pharmaceutical company ever could. He is once again connected to his past and with it, his memories. After watching a miracle like this, how can you not be passionate about the world’s best drug?
“It gives me the feeling of love, of romance…I feel the band of love and dreams”