What Does Music Mean to You?

I was thinking about this question the other day. I was having one of those days that was just kind of a downer and of course certain music and certain songs brought my mood back to happy where it usually is. It’s funny how music can take you back to a particular moment in time that you remember so well, for better or for worse, and it still helps heal the pain. But, on the flip side of that, music can also put you in such a good mood and have you looking ahead to the good times that are still to come. I decided to ask some friends of mine what music meant to them and how they think it brings more connection to other people. In a way they all had different results that yielded some of the same answers. The majority of my friends said music is something that heals their soul and yet cannot quite be put into words at how music does that. Sure, the obvious things like calming the mind, soothing the soul and mending a broken heart, but it is more of a feeling that a lot of people cannot describe.One of my buddy’s Jake, said that as soon as you find out someone likes particular song or band that you like as well, you feel a stronger connection towards them and it instantly opens up the conversation airwaves that allow for a real face-to-face connection with another human being. The power of music has a way with words and feelings that teach people how to connect with one another. A lot can be learned through music, just like Thomas Rhett’s new song titled “I learned it through the radio”.Music teaches us how to feel and connect with others without even fully realizing it. That’s what music means to me, and some of my friends. What does music mean to you?

A Picture Paints 1,000 words, but Music is so much more

I saw this quote the other day that said” music is what feelings sound like”. To me, this quote kind of sums up what music and this blog is all about. A lot of people feel a certain way but do not know how to express or articulate that feeling in a direct way. But all it takes is one song or one lyric and all of sudden that person knows what he/she is feeling and how to better express it to others. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve seen people at bars become instantly connected to other people, some even strangers when a song comes on and everyone starts singing along and feeling this sense of connection, even if it only lasts 3 in a half minutes. I was talking to some strangers on campus the other day and was asking people how they would feel if they found out this stranger walking by was listening to the same song as they were or liked the same music. The answers I got were what I was hoping for. People said that they would think that is pretty cool and they would be more inclined to talk to that person based off of similar tastes in music. In a world where society, especially my generation, is so caught up in their little 4 inch screens and are slowly losing the ability to communicate and connect with others in person, I find that music is more important than ever in helping create connection between people. This past weekend I was at a buddy’s house where five of us were hanging out, cooking, having a few beers, a typical saturday evening event. Of course music was playing in the background, and a particular song came on during the perfect moment. We had reached a point in the evening where the majority of people were on their phones checking all the important stuff they need to check.. But, when “Don’t Stop Believing” came on through the speakers, everyone kind of looked up from their phones at each other and expressed an emotion of joy and started singing along to it. I felt this energy and even more connection to them when we all started singing. We were bonding without evening knowing it, and the song took everyone away from their phones for a bit. To me, this is what music is all about. It has this transcendent power that humans feel and it creates the environment and the ability for humans to connect to one another on a more personal level,even if it is just for one song. To me and a lot of other people, this is a beautiful thing.