The following piece is an installment from The Forest Scout’s “30 Days of Gratitude”, a running feature which will stretch into the month of December, chronicling the things we are thankful for in Lake Forest and in the world in various writing styles and structures.
I am grateful for music.
Music helps me remember.
Music lets me forget.
Music can make the most horrible things seem like a story that happened to somebody else.
Music pulls me in. And draws me out.
Ever watch a movie before the music has been added? Without music, the movie is never the same.
When someone listens to music, it fills their body with a power immeasurable.
Whether it’s playing music simply just listening, music can be a portal into another world.
Music gives my life rhythm.
Sometimes a song will come on the radio that is so perfect it is disturbing.
Imagine a world without it? Imagine our inability to listen to anything without music.
The effect is unquantifiable, yet I always know how a song will make me feel.
And, when you lose someone, the song is still always there.
Like many other forms of art, music is conveyed on a deep personal level.
Music is the tool that lets people express themselves–
A world with sound but no music?
It would be like a world with colour, but no art.
Language, but no writing.
Perhaps it’s best to leave that thought prefaced with the word “imagine”
Music for people around the world is a way to escape
To escape war
To escape loss
To escape pain
And be refilled with joy and happiness
To build a bridge with something they share with another–
A song, a hook, a verse, a voice…a piece of music.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” -Bob Marley-