I consider myself a musician, though I admit I’ve never been as good as I wanted to be, could be, or as good as the people I’ve associated with throughout my life. I love music, I love everything about it. Music is such an intangible force that affects people in unfathomable ways, yet society takes it for granted in almost every nook and corner of our daily lives. Study after study shows that music can lower your blood pressure, provide mental focus, improve math and reading abilities in children, and even help develop neurological pathways that positively affect brain development in numerous ways. Lord knows we have all been in mood A, then hear a particular tune, and are suddenly thrust into mood B. Music is powerful!
When I was in college, I studied Russian language for a few years. I love the language, though sadly it was something I did not excel at. Regardless, I spent several months in Moscow as a result of my studies. One day, I stumbled across this piece of Soviet propaganda, illustrating a perceived fundamental difference between how musicians were treated in the West and the Soviet Union.
Of course the image is propaganda, but the message is somewhat true. Musicians are some of the most talented, hardest working, focused and skilled members of our societies, and will ever make enough money from their skill to pay the bills. It reminds of a joke that explains it all.
“A man dies and is greeted at the Gates of Heaven by Saint Peter, who says “Welcome my child. Tell me, how much money did you donate to charity in your life.” The newly arrived soul lowers his head and says “Saint Peter, I’m sorry to say in my whole adult life, I never earned more than $5,000.” Saint Peter responds, “I see, what instrument did you play?”
Imagine a movie without music. The action scenes are better with them, so are the love scenes, the family time scenes, or practically every scene in any movie anywhere. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter, would all be boring and utterly uninteresting without music. I’m not sure why I’m writing about this today, I suppose it’s because I miss a lot of influential people I’ve known in my life who were talented musicians. . . .
Ya, let’s go with that. . . . . . Or how about this, go online, find your favorite album or two, and buy it from a legitimate store. Play it, enjoy it, and relive the good memories all over again. 🙂