Tuesday, June 6, 2017
"Where words fail, music speaks"
As Hans Christian Anderson said, music has an incredible ability to reach across continents, remain a constant between cultures, bridge the gap between generations, and speak to souls who otherwise cannot speak. Through its magic, we can create an atmosphere of happiness, excitement, gloominess, or peace, speaking to those around us in a way nothing else can.
Why is music so popular? Besides its catchy melodies and playful lyrics, it is able to reach each person in an extraordinary way. Just like any form of art, music allows its creator to express their emotions and draw their soul into a piece. Often, by putting themselves down in notes, they are able to discover more about themselves than they otherwise believed they could. To live out another's experience through notes on a page (and perhaps lyrics on a page too) is unlike anything else. And that's the beauty of it - what one person sees as nothing special means the world to the next person. Perfection is boring, and music explores the wonders of the unique.
I chose to investigate music because I was curious about its effect on others. To me, music is one of the most important parts of the day. It helps me wake up in the mornings, focus during homework, and relax in the evenings, but it also helps me escape when I feel stuck in one place. Hearing a whole different world in a song is captivating; perhaps that is why people are so strongly drawn to music. To know that it is a universal character in so many lives, yet is unique to each individual, is strangely unifying, and I hope this photo essay reveals its powerful role in the human race.