November 17, 2017

I spoke with one of my students today about the power of music, and he and I both agreed that music is a universal language that has the power to bring together people from a variety of backgrounds and upbringings.

I always knew that music was something I enjoyed listening to. There’s something about the way the music automatically makes you want to move your body whether it’s just tapping your foot or jumping up and around like you’ve been taken over by another entity.

Music is how many artists tell their own stories and we, as their listeners, relate so much because when it comes down to it, we are all human and we all feel the same basic emotions. Even if you cannot understand the language of a song, the artist’s tone and voice let you know what they are feeling.

This is sometimes difficult to explain, but I think we all have at least a couple songs that make us zone out or transport us to another place because we are reminded of a certain time, place, person, or even feeling. Some songs help us when we feel sad or angry. Some songs make us feel good and help us stay motivated. Music is just such a healing tool, I wish there was more of it around us.

Since having moved to Germany, I have met so many people from all around the world and there is always music. I have been introduced to Indian music, African music, French hip hop/rap; it’s amazing! Everyone in this group is so incredibly different, but we all come together to enjoy the sounds of music.

Don’t be afraid to look up some international music; you’re limiting all the joy you could be feeling!

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