Music As a Language

Have you ever wondered why it is that people seem to connect with one another when singing a song? Some studies have suggested that a good way to connect a group of random strangers is to place them in a room together and have them all start singing the same song at the top of their lungs. I know for me music has a way of moving me and connecting me with others in ways that I can hardly put into words. I have always felt a powerful connection with music, and through that I have felt a connection with others, sometimes complete strangers. There is this country bar by my school that my friends and I always go to on the weekends and I have noticed the connection people make when certain songs are played. I have noticed people start talking to people they do not know and singing at the top of their lungs with this random stranger and both of them have a big smile on their face and you can just tell the connection the two are making. I’m sure most of you have had an experience where a song comes on and you and some random stranger or someone you hardly know, put your arms around each other and start singing to it. I know I have had this experience a number of times. One of the more memorable experiences was at a Zac Brown Band concert about a year in a half ago. They played their song “As She’s Walking Away” and one of the people I was there with instantly felt something similar that I did and he and I had a great sing along to that song and bonded over that connection. The beauty about music is that some people connect with the lyrics more, while others connect with the music side more. After talking to a good friend of mine, James and I found that just because he connects with the actual music side of things more while I connect more with lyrics first doesn’t mean the two of us connect to the song and with each other in any less kind of fashion. The beauty about music is that two or more people can connect to a song in different ways and still feel the same connection towards each other. I know the majority of us out there have certain memories to a particular song and whenever that song is played it takes you right back to that moment in time, whether it is  a happy moment or more of a sad moment. It allows you to relive that experience and that connection you had with someone in a sub -conscious way. Here is an interesting article on musical memories and dementia:

Keep on listening to music that feeds your soul and remember the strong connection it makes with other people. The next time you feel alone, happy, or disconnected from the world, whether you’re in your home, out at a bar or just taking a walk, just remember that music can save the soul and all you have to do is start singing.

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