The Power of Music

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"I could quite happily just make music because it conjures up a whole visual world for me in my mind." - Gotye

Music has the power to effect people in an immeasurable amount of ways. Nobody’s experience with it is the same. It can trigger certain emotions in us depending on where we are in life, what has happened in our lives, or even our hopes and dreams for the future. Different types of music will elicit different reactions, that is why it is such a powerful tool in our lives. Its ability to make us laugh, cry, feel sentimental, or hopeful, is awe inspiring. It is a universal language that transcends all spoken languages, because of the emotions it provokes in those listening to it. 

Not everybody likes the same type of music, or they may not even like music at all, but there’s no doubt that it plays an important role in the world. Even watching a movie, for example. Without the correct music to instil a particular emotional response it will not be as powerful. Think of the Star Wars, for example. Would you feel the imposing wickedness of Darth Vader without ‘The Imperial March’ being played as he walked the halls of the Death Star? Or think about Dirty Dancing. Would you feel the delight and elation when Johnny lifted Baby up in his arms without a track such as ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ to accompany it? What if these were swapped? We certainly wouldn’t be villainising Darth Vader or rooting for Johnny and Baby to dance. 

Music can influence the world at large; it can inspire people. Artists can use their music to inspire social change and can promote positive messages to masses of people, this makes it one of the most influential tools in the world. Whether music inspires you to be creative, brings you comfort, or just makes you want to dance, there is an endless amount of possibility that comes from it, and endless amounts of likeminded people to share it with.

Music is amazing because it can make us feel. Whether you like pop, dance, rock, classical, or any other genre of music, it is a love shared around the world that brings people together. Use this quote as an opportunity to get inspired by the music you listen to, or the music you make. Let it help motivate you with whatever your passion is in life. Perhaps it makes you visualise, or perhaps it just brings you peace. Whatever music does for you, hopefully it makes you realise that you are not alone and that there are many people out there who feel the same, and that music can bring you feelings of comfort and joy.

“…music can bring you feelings of comfort and joy.”

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