By Dendy Jarrett |
Could making better music make a change?
by Dendy Jarrett
We’ll I don’t know about you, but the political banter (and assured ensuing fallout) has me relying heavily on my music lately.
Music is a way of expression for me (and many of my peers), but it’s also a means of escape. I can get lost in making music. Time seems to lose meaning and relevance.
In recent issues of Make Better Music’s Dear Musician, we’ve discussed music as a means to reconnect with family and friends. We’ve also discussed using music as a way to make changes happen in your life.
So what about making a change to the world? Is that too big an elephant to eat? I don’t think so.
I believe this country and the world needs a music revival. Don’t get me started on the budget cuts that are slowly eroding music education from our schools…okay, that got me started. It's proven that music changes the human mind relative to math and science. But more importantly, it changes the way the mind relates to other people. Music teaches you to read body language, develops communication skills, and is truly the only language that transcends all barriers. A music revival could be the very thing that brings people of different religions, races, and nationalities together during these fractious times.
Now you may say – wait a moment—some of the most egotistical people you know are musicians! Yes, but I find they're in the minority and generally, musicians are among the most helpful, team-centric people I know.
If you’ve ever participated or watched a drum circle start with just a dozen people and grow to hundreds, you’ll understand what I mean about how music can be one of the most peaceful means of gathering you’ll ever attend. Bluegrass festivals, Bonnaroo-type events, or any of the thousands of local music festival gatherings that happen around the country every year—go and support music, or better yet…be a part of the event!
Cities are starting to recognize the importance of these types of events and how they can draw people together. Every month, the city of Asheville, N.C. has a drum circle gathering that has grown to a respectable size. These types of events are changing cities for the better. They bring people together in a peaceful way to bring about positive change.
Hopelessly idealistic? Stupidly simplistic? Maybe - but more importantly, maybe not. We have nothing to lose by giving music a higher priority in our lives, so why not do something that has the potential to make a positive difference?
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Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and 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.