I’m tone deaf. (Or so I have been told over and over and over again.)
I’m the kind of tone deaf where a person doesn’t even hear herself and the fact that she’s out of tune. When I sing, I actually do think I sound
great just fine. However, it appears that I am the only one and that those around me suffer. (The looks of pain on their faces and their holding their hands over their ears kind of gives it away.)
But still, I love listening to music. And I love singing to the music as well.
There is just something about music that is so unique yet universal.
I think it’s the fact that music connects.
Music connects people to their bodies and rhythm.
Music connects people to a memory.
Music connects people to a thought.
Music connects people to their feelings and emotions.
Music connects people to people.
I have a confession to make. (One which might lose me some friends.)
I love music like Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Air Supply…..
(Stop throwing tomatoes please!!!)
And over the years, thanks to my older sons, I have gotten used to and even come to enjoy all different kinds of music. (Don’t ask me which artists, what bands or even what types of music because I am clueless and don’t retain any of that info.)
What I do believe is that everyone can connect to some type of music and that different music touches different chords within you at different times. Like the song in this video which always used to remind me of American Idol, Jason Castro and Simon Cowell and now reminds me of a sweet moment between my oldest child and my youngest.
Fast Tube by Casper
I also believe that with music as in life in general, you have much to gain by letting yourself explore something different than what you are used to. The only way to understand something different from you or someone different than you is to experience different things and meet people who are out of your normal realm.
A few weeks ago a group of music bloggers was bought to Israel by Kinetis on a VibeIsrael trip. I had the privilege of getting to meet them and joining them for a few hours. What struck me the most is how interesting, nice and enjoyable it can be to meet people whose passions differ dramatically from yours.
Brandon from The Burning Ear, Rory from Feel My Bicep, Luke from DIY, Rebecca from NME and Samantha from MTV Iggy were not only really nice and great to talk to, they were also very knowledgeable about music. (Duh!)
I was out of my depth in the music discussions going on around me but it was still great to have the chance to meet people who are different than me and interesting to see their perspective on my country.
It was also a treat to meet Achinoam Nini (Noa) in her home and to be treated to her singing for us while being accompanied by her music partner Gil Dor.
Fast Tube by Casper
Our world is so diverse and so divided but music is a universal connector.
Maybe music can be the bridge between people and nations.
Maybe music can remind us to connect with one person at a time and to take the time to get to know someone different than yourself.
Here’s to hoping that music can and will make a difference in this world.
What do you love about music?