I have always loved and appreciated music but the true love and true appreciation has hit me in the heart hard lately. Not going to lie I used to be the girl who just had Today's Greatest Hits on replay. My sister, Nikki could have smacked me for this and probably did a time or two. She used to go to concert after concert and I never really used to understand why. What's so great about live music I thought? Now I am like you missed out on so much young lady and I am just trying to play catch up.
My first concert was Britney Spears followed by N'sync. The ear I had for "good" music was not a staple in my life back then. But ... Oops I did it again and Bye Bye Bye did just fine for me back then. I know the statement "good music" is all relative and what is good music to me may not be good music to you. To each their own and all is fair in love and music. That's actual the beauty of music and all the genre's that get to be heard and played daily. Let's just say though my ear for what I think "good music" is, has dramatically shifted and thank the lord for that.
I traded in Britney, for Mumford and Sons. I traded in N'sync for Magic Giants and Judah and the Lion. I have traded those Top Jams into slow jams, to feel good music, and a lot of Indie Folk Rock as well as many other genres that seem to toot my horn on any given day.
Today I am on a high over music and live music specifically. To watch people oh so genuinely and whole heartedly living. I feel like they are in that place I tend to talk about. That place somewhere between Heaven and Earth. That safe haven, where and when you feel that literally nothing else in the world matters.
The power musicians have to go their and take you with them is truly a gift I hope to have when I speak and write. People who are passionate about something typically are the ones that inspire others to go full force into their own passions.
The deep thought behind this is from me going to the Judah and the Lion concert the other night at House of Blues. A nice small and intimate venue that gave me all the feels. It took me to another level and to another place. I feel oh so in love with this feeling of pure bliss and positive momentum because of what happened there.
What I realized is that bands, musicians, singers, they are motivational speakers with instruments. Me wanting to be a motivational speaker and to make a difference in other people's life made me fall in deep thought over this idea.
Lyrics are purely a speech that they wrote that contains all of their secrets and deepest emotions about life. The best lyrics are the ones that give you goosebumps, or make you cry in public or help you define answers.
Music changes peoples lives. Literally. Musicians are change agents, they are difference makers to so many people who are going through something or have been through something. Music connects people to people and emotions to emotions. Music can make you cry (this concert did and it's not the first time this has happened), music makes you laugh, it makes you smile, it makes you dance, and it can frustrate you at times because the meaning is so deep, so real and hits you somewhere so raw. Music is damn powerful.
My roommate stood next to me at this concert repeatedly saying this man is the boy version of you Alexa (and I couldn't agree more which made the connection to this concert even deeper). He whole heartedly wanted to give a piece of his heart to everyone, to make everyone in the room feel like family and that they would leave with new friends, he and his band mates made you feel. Feel something and feel everything all at once.
I hope to have the power of music in my voice one day. To speak to the world and move people like music is currently doing for me. For my words to flow like lyrics. For my heart beat to be the tempo of my sentences. For my adrenaline to be the connection to my audience. For my speech to come off as a song and my ideas to create an album.
"Behind every favorite song there is an untold story."