Doesn’t it seem like people use music as something to hold over other people’s heads? When I hear someone say, “I love music,” I always want to reply, “Everybody does,” and sometimes I do say that. The pleasure we feel when we hear an enjoyable sound or moving lyric is a shared experience among humans. We can use it as something to connect us all, but people unknowingly use it to distance themselves from others.
I find that people take pride in the type of music they listen to or if they listen to a good band that is uncommon. There is nothing prideful about this. The only people who have the right to be proud of their connection to music are the musicians themselves. The rest are just humble observers.
Music is much more enjoyable when listened to in that mind frame. I’ve learned to appreciate the artists’ hard work that they’ve poured into their craft, or the pure magic that resides within the notes of a song, or the response my mind creates. I’m open to others who like the same kind of music that I do. It does not matter who is a bigger fan or who has been a fan longer, because when we listen to the music we are hearing and feeling the same thing.
That feeling we get when the beauty of the song resonates with us is the ultimate success of the artist. And it is the most generous thing an artist could do for another. It’s a reflection of who the artist is and what the artist feels, and the response is what binds us together. To make it simpler, emotion spurs art, which in turn spurs emotions, which is the foundation on which humanity can bond.
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