The Power of Music

Lauren - Magnolia, Arkansas
Entered on May 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity

I believe in the power of music. Music, what seems like beats and tones, a mixture of pitches combined to form a melody, chords and scales, is more than just that. Music is spiritual. Music is emotional. It can stimulate the lowest lows, but can arouse the highest highs. It can relieve a distressed salesman with a quota on the mind, enthuse a football player before stepping out to glow in the Friday night lights, and facilitate the mourning of a deceased relative. It can release the spiritual bog of a love-struck poet. Music washes away the dust of everyday life, enhancing it with vigor and intensity. I believe in the power of music.

Whether trudging through a hard time or floating through a dream, music can incite the most extreme emotions. If a sad song plays on the radio after the end of a long relationship, the despair of the situation is heightened to its peak. While the heartbreak would be difficult to deal with already, a melancholy love song would make continuing with life seem impossible. On the other hand, when a radiant mood brightens the mind, a bouncy pop song can multiply that cheerfulness, providing exultant emotions throughout the day. I believe music is like a drug, capable of intensifying the most depressing lows, the most brilliant highs.

During times of anxiety, I believe music is a motivational stimulant. Powerful songs entice a mood of strength, reassurance in oneself, and the will to persevere. When self-esteem is nowhere to be found, a tune expressing confidence can be the perfect pick-me-up. To sing out the stimulating lyrics of the latest “In-Your-Face” ballad is to reinforce a feeling of self assurance. I believe in the potency of music to inspire and motivate.

I believe music has the potential to be a spiritual release of all bottled-up emotions.

It is the perfect method of extraction for anything dying of expression. Words can be music. Thoughts can be music. Pain, bliss, and triumph are music. Music helps to unchain the message of the heart, allowing all listeners a peek into the musician’s mind, giving him or her a sense of achievement with the relay of the message that had been gnawing at the heart, dying to be heard. Music gives us something to relate to, to help us know we are not alone. I believe in music’s emotional liberation.

Music’s power is present in every lyric, every note, and every beat. It surrounds the listener, providing emotional extremities, stimulation of his or her confidence, and rehabilitation of the spirit. I believe in the potency of music to entice the mind, body, and soul. I am a true believer in the power of music.