This I Believe

Townsend - White Hall, Arkansas
Entered on September 11, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: creativity
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Music Says What a Person Cannot

I believe that music says what a person cannot. Ever since I was a child, my mother could always comfort me with the sweet sound of music. My dad was a drummer for a rock and roll band throughout his entire life. My brother formed his own Christian rock band in junior high. My sister has always loved to sing, whether it was for the school choir, church, or just around the house. My mother, Lord knows she tries her best to be musical. I have always been surrounded by music. I find myself now writing my own music. My guitar and song book have become my stress reliever. When I feel that something is getting me down or always on my mind, I try to express my feelings by writing a song to get it off of my mind. Something about the notes flowing together and the huge array of emotions stirring brings me a sense of completion.

I would not consider myself very emotional or open with my feelings, but I seem to have no trouble saying everything I feel needs to be said in a song. I believe many artists are the same way with their own music. For example, Eric Clapton’s song, “Tears in Heaven,” is about an emotional time in his life when his four-and-a-half-year-old son fell to his death out of their New York apartment’s opened window, fifty-four stories high, and onto the top of another building below. Clapton was not home at the time, but felt that if he were, he could have stopped this incident from happening. Therefore, his stress and emotions were overwhelming. He would never talk or discuss this mishap with anyone, until he came out with his number one hit six months later. Although Clapton received six Grammys for this album alone, he refused to play the song in concert, because it was too hard for him to deal with at the time. Eric Clapton said what he could not say out loud and expressed emotions he could not handle anymore in his song. Therefore, I believe this is a good example of how music says what a person cannot.