Dear Musician - Music Thanks You!
By Dendy Jarrett |
When you think about how much music has done for you, it would be difficult to put those thoughts into words. Think about all of the ways music influences your life. As a musician, it allows you to communicate feelings and thoughts in melodic and harmonic fashion.
Since you are a musician, you already realize that music is a different form of language. Entire conversations take place in note form. I think back to college when "trading fours" was an interpretive conversation via instrument. Playing in a Top 40 band is usually a fine line between emulation and interpretive art. Stray too far from the conversation and others will let you know about it!
Imagine if you will, for a brief moment, a world devoid of music — no music at all. It’s painful to even think about. Music can define ethnicity. It can define religion. It can define personality. Music can paint with a large brush stroke or a detailer's pin-stripe brush. Now imagine a world where everything is communicated in song. We all know people who can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but by and large, the thought of a world full of music isn’t a bad thought. Heck, we might even achieve world peace for once.
If music were a person, how close a friend would it be? How would you treat the person? When that person pops into your thoughts, would those thoughts be pleasant? Would the person be your best friend or just a close friend? It’s an interesting question with myriad perspectives.
As a musician, you are probably very thankful for music. As we enter into the Thanksgiving season in the US in which we celebrate being thankful for many things, keep music on your list of things for which you are thankful.
You should also know that music thanks you. Every time you play it, it thanks you. Every time you listen to it, it thanks you. And every time you teach music to another, it thanks you. You are helping music to continue its journey into the future. You are helping the music species survive.
So go ahead and be thankful for music. It’s the right thing to do, but know that music has your back and it thanks you in return.
Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.