Music has power over our lives, our decisions, our emotions. This I believe. We’re obsessed with music. Our world is almost never silent, and the music playing in the background of our lives ties in strongly to our memories.
Picture this. You’re in your room, listening to the radio. An old favorite comes on, and your head floods with memories. Suddenly, you’re thinking of old friends from summer camp, or that one time when everything was good. Music can take you back to past lives you’ve lived, whether for better or for worse. You can be reminded of family or heartbreak, happiness or sorrow. Music can give you the power to remember, or to forget.
About a year ago, I had a great friend, who I’ll call A. I don’t know the exact circumstances, but I know A’s dad died in the army a few years ago. One night, at church, we were talking about heartbreak and loss. A is very strong and always tries to see the best in life, but it was too much to handle, and she started crying. I was riding home with her, trying to help her feel better, but not really doing anything. Then, “Shut Up and Dance” came on the radio. Almost immediately, she perks up, and starts laughing and singing along. I watched her turn back into the amazingly strong girl she usually is simply from hearing music. Since then, remembering this reminds me of the influence music has in our lives.
I’m the girl that’s always humming a song under their breath, and sings obnoxiously loud at home. I turn to music to fill up the empty spaces in my day. I love the way music can fill a room and make everything feel better. I’ve done piano lessons for no less than eight years in an attempt to become one of those people that I admired who could make the world come to life. I take every opportunity I can when it comes to music because it makes me feel amazing when I play. I do two band classes a day just so I can be a part of the music. I don’t do all that I do just for applause or recognition. In fact, I still get stage fright sometimes, but I keep playing even when I’m scared because I know how much of an impact my music can have on other people’s lives. I’ve learned to play gentle music that can make an audience tear up (in a good way) and music that makes everyone want to get up and dance and clap along. I can play music that will give you peace in the middle of your busy day, or music that will give you energy to make it through whatever life throws your way. Being musician gives me incredible power over others’ emotions.
Throughout the last few years, I’ve learned a lot about how everyone has their own stories that are all connected through the power of music. I’ve learned a lot about the world around me through the music I hear. I make an effort to hear the background music in our lives because I believe in the power of music.