Hans Christian Anderson said it best: Where words fail, music speaks. Music allows us to express ourselves in ways that words cannot match. For those who struggle expressing their emotions, music becomes their voice.
I remember growing up in a home where music was always around me. My daily soundtrack included soft ballads in the mornings, 80’s rock in the afternoon, and sweet piano played and accompanied by my mom in the evening while we played in the basement
. I grew up in a family where music was a collective escape. I witnessed my brother’s teen angst through artists like Linkin Park and Eminiem. My mother’s nostalgia for her days as a musical prodigy. My dad’s dreams to be in a rock band. Music was life in my house; we found beauty in the melodies, and meaning in the lyrics that so many people would over see as a means to make the next big hit.
Music finds a way to nestle into our worlds in meaningful ways. Some people can use music to release the emotions they are feeling – excitement, anger, jealously, happiness, or heartbreak. Some people find the words they cannot form themselves in situations. The meaning of a song is different for everyone and up for constant, changing, interpretation.
One person will listen to heavy metal and think: noise.
Another could hear the same song and think: anger.
While someone in the exact same room can hear the song and think: joy, excitement, energy, and freedom.
What a person listens to is a means of expressing their personality outside of what people see. Someone can dress in dark colors and have an overall introverted social trait, and love to listen to country or KPOP.
You could see someone who puts on a hyper-professional and ultra conservative face and find that they know every lyric to every TuPac song. An individual who by no means stands out against the crowd may be able to identify every top billboard hit regardless of genre.
Music gives us a new lens that we may never experience in our daily lives. We change as the music changes, and sometimes we stay in our comfort zones. We may notice our taste changes with our mood or where we are from one situation to another. If you are anything like me, the seasons play a big part in your music playlists.
Country is the primary target of my spring; Late 80’s rock becomes my summer; Folk and alternative pop become my fall; upbeat pop and acoustic covers become my winter (and of course any and all christmas music).
Music is something we can always depend on and guarantee to take you where you want to go. Whether it is a place filled with sunshine and warmth, or darkness and silence, or a little of both; or someplace completely different on some new dimension (I’m talking to you EDM lovers!). There is a song for everything and everyone.
So next time you find yourself struggling to find the words, turn on the radio – or put your iPod on shuffle – and let go.