This I Believe

Sooyun Julie - Seoul
Entered on July 1, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity
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Brilliant and beautiful, yet deep and strong sound of the piano that rings one’s mind and tender and soft, yet emotional and sensitive sound of the strings that has much more depth than one think…

Everyday, I gain pure happiness from music through listening to music, or playing music.

I believe that music bless us with pure happiness. Whenever I play piano, I can hear certain emotions and feelings from every note and sound of a keyboard. Music is like our life. Music is not just a few notes that together create some sort of melody. Playing music right is extremely hard because you have to do much more than just playing the right notes and rhythm. It is absolutely miraculous in a way that it contains every emotion and feeling that exist in our life.

For me, being born from the musician, and being a pianist myself, I can hear what is happening in the music. It is like a whole series of stories. For example, one piece is about someone’s terrible death, funeral and the extreme pain that one goes through while another piece is about the arrival of spring and how the nature regains its colorfulness. Sometimes, there is a bizarre piece like seeing mysterious alien on Mars.

When Buddha said that life is “suffering”, I say that life is full of ineffable bliss. Music is special in a way that lets us to experience all forms of life without actually having to go through them. I am not implying that the composers are God or something, though. It is the music itself that helps us to understand our lives.

I really hope that people will not just listen to the performers to see if the performer makes any mistake or to decide whether the performer’s technique is good or bad. However, I truly wish that people will at least try to listen to the inner meaning and the beauty of the music and try to imagine what is really happening inside the music.

I believe in the existence of the inner meaning of music, and consider it as the most remarkable gift in my life.