Musical Connection

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” 

― Albert Einstein

I love music. I find enjoyment in almost any kind of music. I love the music we produce in lyrical prose to the beautiful music nature composes. It is an important part of how I go through the day. When I’m on a drive enjoying time by myself, music is always part of that. When I write, music is almost always a part of that process. In school, music was always part of my studying and doing homework. My mother used to be confused how I could listen to music and still do my work.

Though the enjoyment of music has led me to enjoying various styles and artists of music as well; from native american flute to the headbanging melodic rhythms of heavy metal. I have artists like Brad Paisley, Fall Out Boy, Sick Puppies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, AC/DC, Eminem, Akon, The Clash, David Guetta, Peter Hollen, Lindsey Stirling, Epica, and so many more that are part of my playlists.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo

The styles, lyrics, and instrumentals vary greatly and yet I find enjoyment in all of it. Sometimes it is a particular mood that brings up listening to something. Other times I switch frequently between all of them while listening. Earlier I was listening to David Guetta, and then moved on to Avicii, and then Metallica. Though no matter what reaches my ears it brings various reactions and hopefully enjoyment.

Music can change a mood or help me better connect with a mood. I can be angry and end up listening to angry music to help me through or playing something to help bring a different response. I can be depressed and end up listening to Suidicial Tendencies or Skillet’s Never Surrender but then again I could end up listening to Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel or Smile by Uncle Kracker. Though sometimes I just use music to help free my mind and chill. It helps me think, especially while driving.

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou

Music has to be one of the top gifts we have. It connects across languages proof of course can be found in the international hit Gangnam Style by Psy or any number other songs. I like Jpop and anime music like Tomorrow by Mikuni Shimokawa from Full Metal Panic (a good anime). You have Rammstein that did Du Hast. I’ve always been amazed that even without a lyrical understanding music has the ability to connect.

Its also interesting how music can invoke a passionate response and strong opinions. You have die hard fans of various genres, artists, etc that will tell you how it is the greatest music ever, or argue over interpretation and even get mad because some one dared do a cover of a beloved song of theirs. Music is truly an amazing thing to experience, not just from listening, but from those that enjoy it.

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If I said I liked listening to Nickelback there would be various opinions on that simple statement. Even more interesting is how people judge based off the style of music one listens to sometimes. An example would be someone coming up to talk to me about Jesus, and how I needed to stop listening to my devil music because I pulled into Best Buy jamming to Metallica. Which I mused in my head because I would think Slayer or Danzig would be more appropriate to get that sort of response, maybe even Dio, but Metallica? Really?

I also find it interesting how we utilize music in movies, video games, and the like. That when watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon you can hear classical pieces. Including one of my favourite Bugs cartoons “Rabbit of Seville” you may know what piece they use for it by the title. 🙂 There are even concerts given to these pieces. The St. Louis Symphony commonly will offer nights of music from movies and there is a concert series called Video Games Live that plays music from the video games, as you may guess, live. Music is all around from the gently purr of a cat to the rhythmic lapping of waves to the music we produce. I enjoy all of it.

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

I guess it is appropriate that music gets its origins from the Greek word mousa which also means muse. I also find this interesting given that music is many a persons’ muse. It gives us inspiration, thought, and touches our spirit. One of my favourite classical artists is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I found his music in 5th grade. I remember coming across the cassettes in the church school’s little library and I went through every cassette they had of his. Yes, with all the other artists and styles classical is among them, just as is big band.

I can listen to Mozart’s piano concertos and just sit back and daydream. His music truly transports me. So much so that I remember when I came across his music for the first time. Though to demonstrate how one person’s spiritual transcendence can be another person’s noise, I remember giving my grandmother a ride one time and was playing one of Beethoven’s Symphonies, I don’t recall which, but she asked me to turn off that noise that it was hurting her ears. Yes, apparently even Beethoven has his critics. 🙂

So what kind of music is your muse? How does music help you connect?

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a great day.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato

I cannot think of one person that does not enjoy music. I have met many people throughout my life and I cannot think of one that does not have some form of music love. Even a deaf friend I had still loved music. He had bass speakers in his car and a very nice stereo setup. When I inquired about this, because well he was deaf after all, he responded that while he could not hear the music he could feel the beat. He could dance to the beat, rock out to it, etc. He could not hear the words but he could still feel the music. Beethoven, considered one of the great composers and musicians, became deaf but still retained his talent for music.

Then you consider the grand diversity of music, but even more intriguing to me is the underlying thread that connects all music. The beat must go on after all. It does not matter what style of music you listen to, they all have a beat. It is also interesting to me that we refer to the thread that connects all music as the beat or the pulse of the music. These words that are a direct correlation to our own heart. Our heart beats its pulse just as the music, just as verses in a poem. Poetry too has a beat. In fact, much of music is just combining the beats of poetry with that of the music.

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Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. -Martin Luther

It is even more intriguing to me that my deaf friend spent a considerable amount of money to put a good stereo system in with amplifier and subwoofers just so he could connect with this beat. Deaf people also dance to music by feeling the beat through the floor that they stand on or in the air around them. Music is in our heart. That thread that connects all music also connects us. The beat is so important that it goes beyond language.

We listen to songs with words from a different language, but still fall in love because of the lyrical beat or musical beat and sometimes both. Opera sung mostly in Italian is listened to worldwide. Du Hast was a big hit here in the United States for a band called Rammstein in the rock genre, yet its lyrics were German. Just two years ago, a South Korean artist garnered great fame because of one song. Its current views on youtube is at 1,933,997,048. That is almost 2 billion views for a song that is in a language spoken by an estimated 60 million people and ranks 17th in world languages.. The song is in Korean, yet topped charts became an internet sensation and put Psy in the limelight.

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Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. -Jean Paul

Music is so much a part of our soul that it supersedes language and speaks to us on a level that connects us to others. I have observed a person walking with a boombox that would connect with others that enjoyed the same music. It is an amazing thing to watch a couple guys that do not know each other start dancing to the same music then make a connection without ever saying a word. The song ends they nod and walk away with a big smile. No word ever spoken but a connection made.  Boombox for you mp3 and ipod generation people is a box that people would carry around in the 80s and early 90s to play music it was about the size of a suitcase  and unlike now, the bigger the boombox the better.

Gangnam style accomplished that. It connected a nation possibly even a world with one silly song that most of us could not understand the words to. But it connected all of us for a short time. Which also shows how the internet has connected us to the world and ushered in a new age of connection as well, but that is for a different blog entry. 😉 Gangnam style is proof of just how connected we are to music and to each other. Music truly has the power to heal the world because the thread runs through all of us.

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Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. -Pablo Casals

Most of us have that one instrument that speaks to us most. Mine is the guitar especially the electric guitar. Just something about that instrument that connects with me over any other instrument. My father-in-law it is the saxophone, my father it was drums, my wife it is voice. We all have the one piece of music that we really connect to that talks to our soul more then any other.

When I hear an electric guitar solo, I close my eyes and just float away. My mind and heart go someplace else. I feel uplifted and just overwhelmed. This might be do to me being a late 80s child but it touches me like no other instrument I have heard. There are plenty that still are magical experiences but I have yet to find one to hold a candle to the guitar. Steve Vai playing “For the Love of God” is truly a magical experience to me. Though while I am a guitar fan I do not like Jimi Hendrix, I know sacrilege but just my tastes.

So what is the instrument that acts like calgon and takes you away?

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“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” ― Sarah Dessen

Music heals us, changes our moods, connects us, and can take us on a journey. A 3 minute song can change our entire mood for a day. It helps us fall in love, it helps us deal with heartache, it connects us. Even silence has music. Ever sit in total silence, complete silence and then notice a beat? The sound in true silence is our heart, our music.

There is a room called the anechoic chamber that you can experience true silence and the founder and president of the Orfield Lab, Steven Orfield has said “When it’s quiet, ears will adapt. The quieter the room, the more things you hear. You’ll hear your heart beating, sometimes you can hear your lungs, hear your stomach gurgling loudly. In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.”

So in silence we hear the beat of our heart, the music of our soul … and that bean burrito that we ate that is now making its way through our system. Ooooh why did we eat the bean burrito before deciding to be silent. Ah yes…The musical fruit. 🙂

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. -Lao Tzu

Now that you either laughed or shook your head, I will leave you with this thought. Music, no matter what music you listen to, connects us. It not only connects us to each other but to something beyond us. It heals us and makes us whole again. So look for the music everywhere you go from a birds song to the rhythm of that muscle car exhaust. Also, try listening to something new today. Something outside your normal comfort zone. We also make music from every day items. I have a DVD of Stomp Out Loud that does just that with brooms, basketballs, and more.

If you want to know, my favourite classical composer is Mozart. I started listening to him in 5th grade. My favorite country artist is Brad Paisley. My favourite Symphonic Metal band is Within Temptation. My favourite rock band Bon Jovi. Old school Metallica still holds my fave for heavy metal. Green Day is one of my favourite American punk band. The Letter Black quickly becoming my favorite Christian rock band….and the list goes on. My tastes are diverse enough that this could truly become a very very long list. LOL. 😉 Though you want something cool to check out look up Video Games Live. They take video game music and bring it to the masses through shows. Pretty awesome. 🙂

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I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by.

No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. 

-Billy Joel

My father spent years trying to find Civilization by Sandy Nelson on record because he had lost his old copy. He found it a couple years before he passed away. To give an idea of different in tastes, I listen to it and do not see the fascination to it, though the guitars are pretty good. 😉

Music is always present in my life. I normally start my day with Pandora on the blu-ray player for background music while I do things. I carry my mp3 player with me. I have music apps on all my devices. I normally write my blogs with background music playing. When my father passed away “things my father said” by Black  Stone Cherry was a song I listened to a lot. When my mother passed it was “Comeback” by Red Light Kings. Maybe a strange choice for after my mother passed but the two passed closed together and I had to be reminded that I could make it back.

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -Henry David Thoreau

All my children have had music lessons. My son guitar, My oldest daughter voice and piano, and my lovely middle child was violin. My oldest probably showed the most proficiency in the lessons, but it was important to me for them all to learn it even if just a taste. My wife was piano, vocals, and bells. I still would one day like to learn my favourite instrument, the guitar. The irony is I am the only one in the family that has never done music. But for every artist there must be a listener to be moved by the melody. If the last 2 paragraphs feel a little off from the rest of the piece it is because I put them in later. 🙂

Thank you for your time. I hope you have a pleasant day and …..

May the beat be with you.

(nooooo nooo that is not a play on may the force be with you *cough* honest *mischievous grin*)

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True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. George Gershwin

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“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” ― Maya Angelou

“The earth has music for those who listen.”  ― George Santayana

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