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Imagine this scenario with me: you’re overwhelmed by a life experience (be it you’re sad, angry, anxious, excited, happy, etc.), yet you’re having difficulties putting it into words. Then you hear that song … you know, that song that perfectly captures what you have difficulty conveying. And you think to yourself, How did a stranger reach into the depths of my situation and communicate what I was unable to put into words? This is the evocative power that exists within all music. At least, this is the effect music has had on me. Different seasons meant needing it for different reasons, but music has always been there. Music has given me a space to feel heard and understood, and feel the emotions that I didn’t even know I needed to feel. Music has been a steady refuge for every major life transition, heartbreak, and needed inspiration. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. As said by Leo Tolstoy: “Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to
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man in music, and in that is its power and significance.” Music is an art form that is subjective yet also relative all at once. It has the ability to relate to us even if the song itself is unrelated, and tap directly into our emotions. We can interpret songs in multiple different ways and feel the emotion of the song far past the lyrics alone. Music means something different to all of us, and it exists all around us. What a special gift we have in music.
“MUSIC IS THE SHORTHAND OF EMOTION. EMOTIONS, WHICH LET THEMSELVES BE DESCRIBED IN WORDS WITH SUCH DIFFICULTY, ARE DIRECTLY CONVEYED TO MAN IN MUSIC, AND IN THAT IS ITS POWER AND SIGNIFICANCE.” – Leo Tolstoy