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A Musical Bond

Music speaks louder than words. Not everything can be described in words. The emotional connection to music is what seems to have brought together nearly all musicians. It brings so many stories to life with different experiences and relations between the songwriters and the listeners.

Music has clearly shown ways the people are able to express themselves and speak for them when they can’t describe their emotions themselves.

The type of music you listen to also reflects who you are as a person.

Senior Oscar Tomkins said, “music mirrors where people have been, where people will go, and where everyone is right now.”

Tomkins has been listening to music for seven years and has said he relies on music almost too much.

“I always have headphones on me. Usually headphones in. I always have a playlist for almost every genre depending on what mood I’m in. I just kind of let it get me through each day,” Tomkins says.

As time progresses on, the more music he is able to find. Most types of music will be older just because of his personal preferences, but he continues to find more and more to listen to. He introduces most of the music to himself and said “you have to be willing to listen to something different.”

The more music there is to discover the more Tomkins explores and continues to make plenty of playlists to see a completely new perspective of other preferences. He cannot stress enough that “you have to be willing to open up your ears.”

Music creates some of the most heartbreaking but also some of the happiest memories for someone to remember. Senior, Christine Schulze has said that older pop songs have made her feel happier than most other genres of music. The songs are typically associated with a certain point in life such as a dance or something that was played in band.

Most sad or emotionally charged pieces come from soundtracks such as the “Fault in Our Stars” and although the answer appeared rather lame to her, “Doctor Who” was added to that collection as well.

“[The emotional connection is] what I like about music so much, it’s a universal language. Everyone can stand the feelings in it,” Schulze said.

There are plenty of people that still don’t seem to believe in the effect that music has on people’s lives or the bond that it can create.

“A lot of people think it’s a joke, the emotion in music,” Tomkins states.

It seems almost laughable to so many people to even think that music is a career.

“People don’t understand why people devote their entire life to music. Obviously it’s frowned upon, they think, ‘oh you’re a musician, that’s a fake career’ which is a common misconception,” Tomkins explains. “People devote their life to music because making music is a feeling that isn’t like any other feeling. It just evokes so much inside it’s worth to devote your life to. I mean I’ve devoted the past seven years of my life to it and I think I’m honestly a smarter person because of it. Music is just something that will never die and I’m hoping to be able to contribute to the forever evolving world of music.”

The most common thing musicians look for in music seems to be something that is so personally and emotionally connected to the listener.

Schulze said, “Supporting music such as chords and backgrounds are so important and underrated.”

Tomkins has also described that he looks for a specific sound that is very difficult for him to describe because he doesn’t know he’s looking for.

“But I can say that when you hear that sound, then you know that’s the song you’re looking for,” he said.

Freshman Maddie Hardcastle has also had a say in how much music can affect someone’s life.

“All of my life has been surrounded by music. My parents were very musical and showed me large amount of music,” Hardcastle said.

Calm music seems to be something that many musicians look for. It makes it easier to focus.

“Especially homework can be a lot,”  Schulze states.

Hardcastle and Schulze both agreed that the piano was one of the most calming instruments to listen to. It has shown to be very easy to listen to when focus is very important.

The more music that is created, the more character there is in the world and an easier way of expressing yourself than speaking.