Spark

For those who read my last post ( here’s the link to it here:https://musicalconnectionblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/a-season-of-change/) you understand the struggle I’ve been going through and that struggle and the grind is all part of life. Sometimes one needs to go through these struggles in order to really feel a since of motivation and change. After writing that “Season of Change” post 11 days ago and going through the struggle and the sad emotions, I find myself in a much better state of mind and feel more motivated than ever to put in the hard work in order to get myself an entry level job and get out of my hometown. It’s not only a new motivation for finding a job and starting my life, It’s motivation to step up my efforts in the gym and start taking everything I do more seriously and putting in a better work ethic. Time to start living. I chose to title this post “Spark”, which is the name of the debut album of the very talented artist Drake White, because it instills a certain drive within in me to continue to strive and work hard to get what I want out of life. In life all it takes is some sort of spark to get something going. I know Drake White’s backstory and what he had to go through just to get his first full album released. He has been on the circuit for years grinding it out, playing shows and opening up for big time acts such as Zac Brown Band and Eric Church. Back in 2011 or 2012 when his first album was supposed to be released, he got dropped by his record label weeks before the release was supposed to happen. And did he give up? Absolutely not. I have huge respect for musicians who have put in the hard work and have gone about it the hard way, just being a road warrior and playing show after show with no real record label leads. I look up to these kind of artists because they inspire me to never give up. Now, I think this whole album is quite good. One of the full length albums that I have bought in about a year. There’s one particular song on this album that really motivates me. It’s called “Heartbeat”and the lyric that gets me is when he sings” here’s my plan brother man, yeah I’ll be just fine, cause I got my back don’t got no slack in this good old spirit of mine.”It’s a song like this that makes me realize that life is too short to do anything but work as hard as you can and enjoy it along the way. It’s another beautiful power of music. It’s why people listen to music while they workout, so they can feel motivated. Sometimes music is what it takes to allow oneself to kick it into gear and get busy living. What kind songs and lyrics strike you guys to feel more motivated and push yourself even more? I look forward to your answers. Thanks for reading! Please like and subscribe and share this with your friends. Be sure to check out that artist Drake White. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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A Season of Change

I want to start this blog post by saying how sorry I am for being so absent for so long. During the last post I discussed what I was doing and how busy I had been. Well, not much has changed. But I am more dedicated too being more consistent with these blog posts because who doesn’t love talking about music? So let’s talk about the new direction I mentioned in the last post.

For those who have read my posts, you all know how much I love music and how much it means to me. But let me document my past couple months briefly. I graduated from the University of Arizona back in May and am now in that early 20s crisis mode. I have been applying for jobs without knowing what I truly want to do other than to start working already. I am not going to lie it has been tough. We’ve all been there. It’s all part of the stages of life. Now, I am all about a positive attitude and having a positive outlook on life. However, very recently I have learned that sometimes you need to feel sad and down in order too feel happy and see how beautiful life is. This is the part where music comes in. I went to Washington D.C. over Labor day weekend to visit my sister who is only 2 years older than me. It was a lot of fun and it was really nice and refreshing to be around young people, or people similar in age, again. It made me fully realize that I am no longer comfortable sitting at home looking for jobs without the fullest effort possible. I want to be out there working, grinding and having a social life again, just like how everyone in their 20s are doing. When coming home from this trip this wave of emotion came over me. It had been a long time coming.It was a wave of a sad and somewhat depressing emotion. I was coming home to an empty household because my parents were on vacation for the next two weeks and I felt this lonely and empty feeling. But, my idea of escape and therapy is to either listen too or play music. So that’s exactly what I did. The photo in this post is a song that hit me so deeply that it finally allowed me to realize that I have been “running” from these emotions for awhile now and it was time to let them come over me. That’s the beauty of music. It connects you to yourself in ways that otherwise might not be describable. The lyrics in the above song just hit home for me and I finally understood that it was completely normal and completely okay to be feeling that way. Once again music made me feel at that exact moment in time that I was not alone. Music helped me fully realize AND understand it. I had myself a tougher night than usual but now I am feeling a lot better and feel more motivated than ever to get out in the world and start living my life. What I am trying to get across in this post is that if you’re feeling sad or down, then feel sad and down. Listen to sad songs, songs that hit home for you and you’ll realize and fully understand how important it is to feel this way. Music teaches YOU how to feel. It connects you too yourself in ways that nothing else can. And in today’s world where we are all hiding behind the mask of the digital world and social media where everything seems so perfect, it is important that we do not lie to ourselves and realize that it is okay to go ahead and feel sad and down. We don’t always have too or need too put on a happy face.I would recommend you check out the artist Jake London. He has some good songs and it might just be what you need right now. Please like and subscribe! Feel free to comment your thoughts and what songs help you get through tougher times. Next post will be more positive and upbeat!

A New Direction

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Hello readers! It has been awhile since my last post. I apologize for the amount of time that has passed since I last posted. I’ve been busy graduating college, taking some time off for the summer, and enjoying some family vacations along the way. But, you guys aren’t here to read about what I’ve been doing. Shall we continue?

I’ve been thinking about music a lot lately( like I usually do) and I came across an idea about how this blog can be something else then just how music connects you with other people. As I have expressed throughout this blog, music means a great deal to me and I know it means a great deal to many other people. So for the next couple of blog posts I’ve decided that I’m going to talk about how music has the power to connect you to yourself and how that is a very great and powerful thing. I have a lot of experiences that I will share with and discuss with you about this idea. Hopefully we can start getting a bit more interactive with these posts and get a conversation going so we can continue to learn about the power of music and the different/similar effects it has on all of us. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you are into because any music is better than no music( for the most part). So stay tuned for future posts and as always if you like what you see please feel free to like and subscribe!

Why Music?

 

music_voice_of_the_soulI’ve come to think about this blog over the past couple of weeks and why it is that music is so important to me and other people. What is it about music that makes others feel so connected to complete strangers at a bar, or more intimate with loved ones? It doesn’t even have to be a specific genre of music. Even though I am not an EDM fan or a fan of any kind of technologically based music, I can appreciate it for what it is and I have found myself at parties or bars where this kind of music is playing and even I felt more connected to others there just by doing the classic fist pump or head bang. I’m not sure it is something that can be fully explained, it is something that is felt. Any kind of person who has lived any life at all can tell you how music has affected their life and how it has somehow made them feel more connected to others either in that moment, for a lifetime, or all the little moments in between. I think it is very important to remember the power of music in this age of digital worlds and technology. Not only is my generation of millennial’s losing the ability to connect face-to-face with others, I see it happening with older people as well. Music is one of those things that is so transcendent that it is almost impossible to compare it to anything else. I’ve seen studies done showing that the best way to bond a group of people together who hardly know each other is to put them all in a room and have them sing together. It is this musical expression and the release of emotion that binds people together. Music creates this kind of interpersonal connection with others without people even feeling the need to talk about it. It is just something that is felt. Next time you’re at a party, a bar, or social gathering just look around and observe how people are interacting and then think of how it would be if no music was playing at all. So, why music you may ask? As the photo states, music really is the voice of the soul, it is a voice that can be spoken by so many people, but more importantly it can be felt everyone. Why do you think music is so important in connecting people? I would love to hear your comments! If you like what you read, please give me a follow! I’ll follow you back.

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.

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: http://musicandmemory.org/about/brain-music-connection

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.