Music has always been important to me, so I’ve always included it as part of my life in some form. In fact, it’s such a part of my soul, that I think I’d feel incomplete without it.
While most people enjoy music because they like the lyrics or they enjoy the beat, I relish the whole package—melody, harmonies, tempo, lyrics—it’s all important to me. You might think that I’d favor the lyrics since I work with words and each line of a well phrased poem or story is a melody in its own right. Yet, when combined with just the right tempo, notes, and harmonies, a wondrous symphony of sound is born.
Since receiving my diagnosis of congestive heart failure, I have found myself even more immersed in music, especially today’s music, contemporary music. I had, for awhile, fallen away from today’s music, finding it too raucous, too tribal and native, and too lacking in lyricism and soul.
But lately I find myself amazed at how rich most of today’s music is; how deep and moving the lyrics, and how complex the melodies and harmonies. Even the singers’ voices seem to be so different from those I grew up. As I was growing up, musical voices were supposed to be clear in tone and quality; smooth, blending easily with the instruments that played the melodies. They were counterpoints to the instruments, and not necessarily an interesting instrument all on their own. However, today’s voices are smooth, rough, rocky, choppy, sultry, and wonderfully diverse. Some sound as if they have gravel in their throats, and others have such a wide range of color and nuance that listening to them is a joy all by itself.
For me, part of the joy of music has always been the visions of dancers and dances that I see in my mind. While not a dancer myself (far from it, in fact), I’ve always loved movement, and so I see music in terms of movement—swaying, swirling, jumping, tapping, and wonderful movements.
Music is one part color, one part movement, and 100% beautiful. So, take a moment to turn on the radio, cruise through YouTube, or plug into your MP3 player and experience what some of these wonderful artists are trying to share with us. See your own visions or ballets as the artists help you create your own inner fantasies, or reach your own inner world.