Music can be Magical
When Nothing Else Works
Today, I attended the funeral of a friend whom I have known for over twenty years, and to say the least my mood was somber. Neither working in the yard nor playing with my dog could change the sadness that had crept into my being.
While staring at an empty computer screen, contemplating the topic of my next hub, our local PBS station featured Miranda Lambert and then Jeff Bridges on Austin City Limits. Slowly, a smile erased the frown that had burdened my face all day, my foot began to move to the beat of the music, and I no longer felt consumed with sadness. Music…just what the mood doctor ordered.
As a four year old child, I received my first record player along with a 45 record by Elvis from my parents. Yes, even at the ripe old age of four, I was rocking out to the King. By age six, dancing was my favorite past time, so one morning I concocted something that looked like throw up and pretended to be sick, so I could stay home from school and dance to my records. After calling in the lady who cared for us, my mom headed for work…..or so I though. Just as I quietly began to dance in my room, the door opened-BUSTED! I got in big trouble for that stunt! The anxiety of getting in trouble with my dad once he got home from work almost ruined my day off from school, but not totally, for I still listened to music and danced the day away.
From alternative to blues, music brings us together. Do you remember the music video “We are the World”, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie twenty five years ago? There are many videos of this song uploaded on youtube, but one I found uploaded in 2007 has over 14 million hits. Since then a new version of this music video was recorded in 2010 for Haiti, and one uploaded version I found has over 102 million hits. How powerful and amazing! Music unites humanity in a way unlike most anything else. My theory is that it takes us out of our heads and into our hearts. Once the heart has been touched, barriers dissipate and people become bonded to one another in sheer humanity.
We Are the World
Music has been around since the prehistoric era. If Neanderthals made flutes in order to express a basic form of music, I think it must be part of our genetic makeup. As soon as man was intelligent enough to communicate, music found its way out of him/her!
Many of us do not sing or play a musical instrument, but I for one, respect and admire those musicians and singers whose talents make our world a better place. This lifetime may not have graced me with a beautiful voice or talent on a musical instrument, but I shall continue to belt out Sheryl Crow songs and play air piano as long as my car windows are up and no one is watching. Yes, if only in my own mind, I am AWESOME!