Where words fail, Music speaks ~ Hans Christian Andersen
Imagine Life without Music.
It’s an interesting, although little-known fact, that people are born with the natural ability to tell the difference between music and noise.
Music is an important part of our lives and we use it in order to express our thoughts, our feelings, our hopes and our dreams.
Noise, on the other hand is …. well …. just noise. It’s a cacophony of unrelated sounds.
A song or melody however, connects us to a memory, to a particular moment in time; whether it be it happy or sad.
And music is not just a form of entertainment. It is more than simply a beat-connected tune and / or lyrics.
There are many benefits to music: It soothes the arrival of premature babies. It lessens anxiety and it reduces stress, to name just a few.
Let’s look at iconic lyrics that are known and loved the world over.
IMAGINE – John Lennon
‘You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one’
The world is full of poets and dreamers. Every great idea that exists was once imagined by someone. People are always looking to make the world a better place. It’s by imagining a solution that new ideas are born.
WE CAN BE HEROES JUST FOR A DAY – David Bowie
‘We can be heroes just for a day’
Not all heroes wear capes; we often read or hear about ordinary people doing random acts of kindness. Being a hero is not necessarily measured in monetary value. Helping an elderly person cross a busy street, giving a homeless person food or being kind to healthcare workers, security personnel or a street vendor makes you a hero.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Louis B. Armstrong
‘I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world’
No matter what is happening around us, we live in a breathtakingly beautiful world. All you have to do is look around and notice a spectacular sunrise or sunset, waves crashing on the seashore or snow-capped mountains in the distance. What a wonderful world … indeed.
EVERY LITTLE THING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Bob Marley
‘Don’t worry about the thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright’
Some people think the above sentiment is quite airy-fairy and to some extent, they would be right. Too often we worry about things beyond our control, things we can do nothing about. The best is to let go of our preconceived ideas and wait for the outcome. Things always work out the way it’s meant to.
LET IT BE – The Beatles
‘And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be’
To let something or someone go is never an easy feat. We tend to want to hold on a little longer just in case something changes and things get better; it rarely does. It takes faith and a whole lot of conviction to let go of preconceived ideas that hamper our growth.
LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER – Bon Jovi
‘Woah, we’re halfway there,
Woah, livin’ on a prayer,
Take my hand we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer’
From the opening notes of this iconic song, it instantly elevates our mood. We will not always be in control of what will cross our paths but do we always have to be in control? It is a song that reminds us that there will be times in our lives where we will have to live on a wing and a prayer and that is ok too.
The next time you hear your favourite song, listen closely to the lyrics. There might be a few hidden words of wisdom in the lyrics.
‘Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats’ (Unknown)