Not everyone is a born Hendrix or Rafi, and yet, music is a tremendous part of our lives. One song, if the right one can instantly change your mood. An auto driver with probably no real interest would also tap his feet the minute he listens to a song that takes him to another space, a time that means something to him. A 60-year-old man would probably melt if he probably heard a song his mother used to hum as a lullaby. That is what music does to us, and it is almost like time travel. One song can put you in the arms of your first crush. One particular chorus can remind you of the moment you were a star at a karaoke bar.
Music is not something that has to be perfect. It has to make you feel something, and then it suddenly becomes a bunch of instruments played together that now add meaning to your drive to work, a rainy day, a crappy night or just life.
Just like literature, theater, and movies, music is something that helps you survive when you struggle to live. A phenomenal example for this would be Renee Yohe, a woman who was a victim of tragic events and becomes a drug addict. Her friends help her out, music helps her out, she is a famous musician now, and the inspiration for an NGO named “To write love on her arms.” She also has a movie dedicated to this life changing event.
People feel that this generation does not actually listen to music - All they do is hear it, and they do not know what it means! But when a tired millennial plays his favorites on his phone at the end of a crappy day, it gives him hope, relief or perhaps just changes his mood. And when you have a bad day, that one frivolous song also matters - probably because it reminds you of a time, a person or a place when things were better. Or you are simply uplifted listening to what the singer has to say.
Young kids who listen to songs like 'Stairway to Heaven' for the first time really try to understand what the meaning behind the song is. But when they heard Imagine Dragons or Coldplay for the first time it does not take even a few minutes to form that connection. Music has always had an impact on the lives of people; it is what shapes generations sometimes, and it is never just about the words, nor is it about the tune. It is about the feeling; an art, when made with genuine intentions, has a real impact.
And then there are the lucky chaps who understand music for real and can create their own. They can make music, they can sing, and they can write songs. Even if they never release this work of art, it brings immense satisfaction and pleasure to them. They express themselves, their struggles, their realities, and their life. And that is precisely why music is important. It gives you words for feelings you do not understand and adds meaning to a string of coherent sounding words.