Yep! There’s nothing like a good song.
Whether it’s Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Willie Dixon’s Spoonful, any of Motown’s greatests, Chris Tomlin’s How Great is Our God, Jimi Hendrix’s If 6 Was 9, or Eminem’s Rap God, I love good music. Although I may not be eagerly anticipating the release of latest Folk or Steampunk jam, I still respect the artistic development, creative expression, the talent (for those who have it), and the effort it takes to produce something that can elicit just about any emotion imaginable and touch the hearts and souls of people around the world.
If you take a look at Billboards Top 100 you can find something from nearly every style and genre – from Alternative to World – and everything in between. This is a clear indicator of the power music has to cross all social boundaries. Regardless of class, ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status, there’s a song for you, and chances are there’s someone in a completely different city, perhaps on the other side of the world, bobbing their head, snapping their fingers, or rocking out to the same jam as you.
Music holds deep traditions and culture. These are things that connect all human beings. Symbolizing joy, pain, love, anger, peace, war, patriotism, spirituality, used in rituals and ceremonies across the globe, music is the universal commonality that unites everyone.
Good music is an expression of life, and grows from the cultural experiences of the individual artists. What they have learned, what they have experienced, what they believe, and what they feel can be communicated and shared through music. Good, memorable music communicates, identifies and explains something meaningful to the listener, expresses and elicits emotion, reaches the soul, and speaks to a diverse population socially and culturally. Music is a universal language.
Of course, this is not true for all music.
Some so-called artists have reduced the significance of music to nothing more than a fad, only using it to seek personal wealth, fame, and popularity. Not everyone has a significant meaning or sense of creativity behind their lyrics and arrangements.
I mean c’mon. How many more times do we need to hear someone bragging about sex, drugs, and money with no meaningful context? Like it or not, there’s an audience who enjoys it…the music that is.
It’s easy to criticize or simply say, “I hate that song” without really needing a justifiable reason. But for every song we hate, there’s someone else that loves it and that’s okay.
So whatever type of music you enjoy, turn it up, sing along, dance to it, and know that although in this world there are countless issues that separate us and define our differences, through music, these differences are eliminated and for about 3 and a half minutes, we can all be regarded as equal.
Need a music mash-up of your favorite songs? Have a list of your top 10 favorite in any genre? I’d love to hear about your favorite tunes and what makes them your favorite. Get back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.