This is a hard one. It’s hard for me because I’m eclectic when it comes to music. I enjoy music from most genres including country, big band, jazz, pop, R&B, and a little rap as well. And being from Hawaii, you also get used to genres like contemporary Hawaiian, reggae, roots, and others. Seriously, I have P!nk, Frank Sinatra, Green Day, Beethoven, Frankie Valli, and One Direction sharing space on my Top 10 Playlist.
To zero in on a particular band or musician is really hard so I’m going broad: Why is music important to you?
Music is important on so many levels. I once heard music described as the universal language. I forgot where I read or heard it, but I agree with it. You don’t need to speak the same language to understand what the music is trying to say. And, in a lecture I’m listening to, “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music” provided by The Great Learning Courses, Professor Robert Greenberg brought a good point. Music is the only form of art that exists only in the moment it’s played. It’s not tangible art. You can’t sit back and observe it and analyze it. The only time you can is when it’s played. What a great point!
I think, because of the nature of music, it touches someone’s soul. It can reach places that we can’t imagine possible and affect us in ways we don’t understand. Take a good beat, for example. If it’s a really catchy tune, regardless if you know the lyrics or not, you find your body moving in tempo. You’re either tapping your feet or bobbing your head and often times it’s on subconscious level. You don’t even know you’re doing it!
Another great example is the music score you hear in movies. How many times does your heart race during a pivotal point in the scene, only realize the music started of slow and then gradually sped up and now it’s crashing and tossing and turning and you find yourself rooting for our hero as the music gets faster and louder. Like I said, it affects us in ways we can’t quite understand.
Music brings joy, evokes memory, mood, depth, character, and many other emotions into our lives. It helps moves us through the day, it helps us get through a “scene,” it colors our worlds on so many levels.
When reflecting upon music and its importance to our lives, I came across this website. The responses are from 7th and 8th graders. They were asked, why is music important. There are great answers. Without getting so in-depth and philosophical, these children explained why music is important.
So, why is music important? Quite simply, it just is.