29 Jun The Power of Music
Music has always been an important part in my life. When I was in the second grade, I joined a choir at my church, and I stayed in it until I started college. I even joined a second one when I was 12. And as some of you may know, musical theatre is a big part in my life as well, but what you may not know is that that love started when I was a child. In the second grade, I also had a role in my school’s musical. For the life of me, I can’t remember what it was about, but I do know that I played a Native American and that one of the songs we sang was Fifty Nifty United States. Throughout the rest of my childhood, I also had roles in Mary Poppins, Macbeth the Musical, Theseus and the Minotaur the Musical, and Annie. And even though I no longer perform on stage or in the choir stands, music continues to impact me daily.
Not a day goes by when I don’t listen to music. My favorite thing to do is to put the radio on at full volume as I’m driving in my car. I sing my heart out, and I don’t give a care who hears me because I’m having a good time. In those moments, I’m in a one woman show starring me. If I happen to be stuck in traffic, listening to some tunes is even able to help me stay calm. I remember, one time I was coming home from an internship that I had and it took my twice as long to get back because of an accident. If I hadn’t had my music to listen to then I know I would’ve gone insane.
It even has the power to bring people together. A few years ago my roommate showed me a video of this guy who would drive on the freeway in the middle of rush hour with his windows rolled down so that he could sing songs with other drivers who were stuck in the gridlock. During Highway Sing-a-long, he was able to get complete strangers to sing along with him as they drove home from work. And whenever someone new joined in, they always looked like they were having the time of their life. For just a brief moment, they were able to forget about whatever stress they were going through and just enjoy the music and that moment.
I also listen to certain tunes depending on my mood. If I’m feeling sad, I turn to music to lift my spirits. The right stretch of songs has the power to make me feel so much better. I don’t know why, but the score from Hamilton an American Musical has the power to do that for me. No matter how I feel, if I start the soundtrack, I know that it’ll make me feel a little better.
And if I’m already happy, then I use music to help me to stay that way. I’ll just continue to hop from song to song until my heart’s so full I think it’s going to burst.
Positive thinker, music is powerful. It has the power to heal and to bring people together. That’s why it’s so important that you take the time to enjoy it. And it doesn’t matter what you’re listening. I personally like show tunes, R&B, and anything and everything from my childhood, but that might not be your cup of tea. Perhaps, rock and roll or pop music is able to bring you to a happy place. Or maybe jazz music or Rap is able to put a smile on your face. Whatever it is though, make sure that you don’t take it for granted.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we forget to appreciate the little things. And that can sometimes mean that music gets forgotten about. Sure it may not be keeping your body alive like food and water does, but it does help to keep your soul living, and that is just as important as your physical being. Life should be enjoyable, so make sure that you take the time from your hectic days to appreciate those little things. It can be just what you need to add a little bit of joy into your life.