Over the centuries, a lot has been said about the power of music.
From the poetic profundity of Plato (“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”) to the insightful simplicity of Leo Tolstoy (“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”), philosophers and artists alike have been chiming in on what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow coined “the universal language of mankind.”
But for every timeless phrase and quotable soundbite are countless real-life stories. Stories that shaped and shifted worldviews. Stories that opened new doors and changed (and saved) lives. Stories that transformed individuals into musicians, and musicians into artists.
We recently reached out to a few of our friends and asked them what they love about music. Here’s what they had to say.
“Music unites us all. The notes themselves are the same the world over. It’s a universal language that we all understand.”
“Music is the sound of your soul, a loud statement of who you are and what you stand for.”
“I was educated in the visual arts. Even though music is sound, I produce it visually. And I think when people listen to music they too visually listen to the music. Music is a blank canvas and the listener can interpret the sounds and beats in their own way.”
“When you sing a melody, people can feel it no matter what language the song is sung in. Music is truly a universal language.”
“I love music because it provides me a platform to speak about issues I care about.”
“The inspiration, motivation and release that it brings me, and the way that it works through me to reach the lives of others.”
“I love music’s ability to heal.”
“Music matters because it has the power to heal and save lives.”
“I love the faraway land it takes me to, every single time I need a getaway.”
Gillian Thomson, Sister Says
“What I love about music is that it brings people together. It’s also this naturally spiritual thing. For me, a pop song can be spiritual.”
Jaaji, Twin Flames
“I love music because that’s where I met Chelsey June. Plus, the impact it’s had on people is the biggest payoff. Music has taken us all over and we get to do it day by day with pay. It’s a lot of work, but the payoff is so much more. I can just pick up my guitar, and moments later I feel good.”
“I love music because it gives me purpose. It’s the one thing that has been with me throughout my life. It helps me to express my true self. Music has taken me to so many amazing places. I could not picture my life without music; through music I met my true love. Thanks music!”