The Power of Music

11 Jun

Music has its own exceptional magic attached to it. It can make you want to dance, sing, smile or even cry. It relaxes and comforts many, and some say it has the ability to even soothe the most savage beast.

It has this amazing ability of touching people beyond mere words.

So as I sit here and listen to several John Mayer albums on repeat, somehow a Huey Lewis song, ‘The Power of Love’ has randomly been included into my playlist.

Every time I hear this song it takes me back 10 years, holding a never failing smile to my face, many nostalgic thoughts of roller-skating and bright white skates are drawn together with pink laces and the dim lights of the roller-skating rink. We would skate for hours, falling and laughing in timeless turns, everything enriched by that very song.

It’s amazing how songs can elicit memories, smells, images and thoughts.

Simple notes, keys and tones have so much expression and power to touch even the most distant thoughts.

I guess it is a fact of observation that music and songs vary to a considerable degree in what music can mean to people, and in what they get out of it.

But all in all, music has the power to communicate to the soul in ways that words alone can not.

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2 Responses to “The Power of Music”

  1. ameliamcmanus June 12, 2008 at 3:39 am #

    And who can possibly forget ‘footloose’ – they would clear they whole rink so that fast guy who was in charge of the skates would show off, and then everyone else was allowed on..

  2. David Gillespie June 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    I have a French friend who supplemented learning English by taping songs off the radio, writing out the words and then buying pop magazines who printed the lyrics to see if she got it right…that’s a complete aside obviously, but the appeal of music for me is not needing to know the words to still get an understanding of what the person is singing about. That’s why, for me anyway, it trumps literature or film in terms of being able to communicate. I am of course biased, but at least I’m aware of that =]

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