Also it's a fine way to practice those damn english "writing" skills once in a while.
But yea, the topic will be about music, but it's about the different relationship we humans have to music. For somebody, music is just a little part of their life, while for others it's almost their whole existence.
So hopefully this will be an interesting read, despite it'll be a quite long entry. So if you've the time then thanks for reading it through, and feel free to drop a comment, but alright I'll get started.
For me music has always been a big part of my life, and it still is. Music have been the cause of maybe the best experiences in my life, and in some rough times I've found some comfort in music. No, I've never learned to play any instruments, even though I really want to, but I've always been singing along to songs, ever since I was a little kid, even though I sing horrible :D.
Yea, so too me music takes up a lot of space in my life, and it still means the world to me. What fascinates me is, how different relationsships we humans have with the phenomenon music. It's very different how we listen to and perceive music, and it's also very different how much we listen to music. I would guess that I listen to music for about 5-6 hours at least everyday. Some do it almost 24/7 and even sleeps with music playing in the background, and some only listen to a few numbers everyday, or maybe only a few numbers in a week.
For me music is way more than soundwaves coming out some speakers. It's also about the culture, the community that sorrounds it, but most of all also about the lyrics. I think it's important to have something personal to you to sing about.
In that way your music becomes more genuine and heartfelt, you'll get the feeling that the artist is really 100 % into what they're singing about. But I know that's my way of perceiving it.
One of my friend rather see music this way. Music is all about putting all the different sounds together in the best way, so you get a complete piece that sounds really great, and would have sucked if it had e.g. lack that great bassline that's in the song. Also he really doesn't care what the artist are singing about. To him vocalists are just another instrument in that whole union of instruments coming together. And actually he's just as right as I am, but do to his way of perceiving music, well, we like some different artists and bands, while we have some songs we both enjoy.
I've three important factors of how much I'll "fall in love" with a band or an artist.
First: there are the lyrics, I think it's important to have something real you want to get of your chest. Whether it's a story or an opinion about how fucked up this world is, or it's a story about some bitter love.
Second: yea, it gotta sound good aswell, on the instrumental side there are some stuff that can make me like a band, it can e.g. be an awesome guitar riff. But the best thing are those bands who manage to create a whole special atmosphere of their own with their sound (Here I'm thinking about bands like Tool and Karnivool, check Sound Awake out if you haven't heard it, and you'll know what I mean :P).
Third: how the band/artist acts also matters a bit to me. I don't like bands that just trash their fans. Neither do I like band/artists that are constantly on drugs and stuff like that. Things that really don't matter to me is e.g. whatever religion an band/artist might have (I'm agnostic myself and I don't mind hearing bands like Skillet and Red), aslong they don't try to force
feed people with their opinions in the music I really don't care.
So yea, I've my reasons for having some favorite bands. While my friend don't really have any favorite artists, and he couldn't care less about how the artists/bands he listens to act in the real life.
For others music is also a way of living, do I've to mention all the artists/bands out there? But there also all the fans who would travel the world just to see their favorite band, and it's especially that bond that makes music so special. It can be a commitment for life with all the things that follow. Music is something we all enjoy on some level, it's of course different what kinda of music we enjoy, but
everyone has a song that they really enjoy, I would claim that.
It's also funny how music has changed the course of some people's life. Somebody would even claim that music actually saved their life, because it help them back up in a period where life had forced them down on their knees.
I can't say music has done that for me but it has always been a huge part of my life. Thanks to music I've had some of the best experiences (If not the best experiences) of my life. I've gained new friends and also lost some on the way. Music plays that big of a role to me that I even have a tattoo which is related to the music I like. And thanks to music I also get to experience new corners of the world, and it gives me an insight in other cultures. Also I like the fact that people can stand as equal to an concert, despite how different we are, all that is forgotten at a gig where everybody gets lost in the music.
So is there a huge conclusion, a brilliant endline or any well thought morale to this post? I guess not, it was mostly written just because I felt the subject was interesting. But if I am to make anything out of this It's that I think you can really tell a lot about a person if you know what music he/she listen too, and how that person listen to the music. No matter how big part music plays in your life, it can still
tell a lot about you, whether you're open-minded or rather narrowminded, or whether you're an optimist or pessimist, etc.
When thinking of music it's, at the very simplest definition, just an variation
of soundwaves, but looking on more abstract level it's much more than that. It's a way of thinking, a brilliant puzzle of multiple minds coming together and ulitize the puzzle into one unique piece. And as the state of mind changes with the general public so does the music. I think that music might be the very definition
of us humans, and who we are, the values we stand by and maybe the fading ideals of our generation.
It's something to cherish, sometimes it might be the only friend on a lonely day, and sometimes it's the center of a distant memory which we would like to hold onto, or maybe which we would like to forget but it's after all who we are.
Thanks for reading, I'm sorry if I've repeated myself, or if the post isn't totally well pieced together. This is something I've been piecing together every once in while when I had a little bit of time, so keep that in mind if you drop a comment
and just to finish this off
"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