Entry 2: Melodies of Bliss
Has music ever made you cry or smile? I'm not talking about the type of music that has depressing or whimsical lyrics, but I'm talking about the sound of music? You could argue, "lyrics are sounds too!" but I'm strictly discussing the melody and tempo aspect of music that evokes a multitude of emotions. Each person in the world has a unique personality that comes with its own virtues and vices, and there are some songs that were designed to affect different people in different ways.
A musician creates a song with a preconceived idea of what type of feeling their songs are supposed to portray. Sometimes they want people to rejoice, dance, listen, think, wonder in awe, or even cry. In the same way a photographer takes a picture at a certain angle and lighting to achieve a specific effect, so too does a musician design their art to resonate with a specific sensation. But in light of this, not everyone reacts in the way the musician intended. Is this a bad thing? If you created a melody that you wanted to make people feel uplifted but instead I was filled with melancholy, does this mean you failed? I would say no, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and some of those words are positive and negative.
Music is this week's subject because I came across some interesting finds on the web. I was editing a video and I wanted to add music to it. Naturally, my paranoia prevented me from using copyrighted music that I bought from iTunes. Luckily there is a built-in feature on Vimeo that lets you add music with Creative Commons licenses. This was really cool! So after digging through an expansive library of music for several hours, I found a beautiful song that fit the video.
The song that I found was so perfect, I started to choke up and I had to prevent tears from rolling down my ever-so-manly face. But when I sat back and thought about the song and its simple tempo, it made me realize how sounds constructed in a repeating manner could affect my spirit. Even now my eyes are swelling with moisture just thinking about the song (but I must man-up and continue writing!).
I later discovered that all the songs were part of an expanding library of music on a single website. The Free Music Archive has a large selection of music in all kinds of genres. I personally listened to hours of the Classical genre, without any ads, and I downloaded a few of them, for free. One artist had a uniquely soothing melody that I found quite relaxing, and it turns out that it was the same person that made the song I had selected earlier! His name is Chris Zabriskie and you can download all of his songs, for free, on his website.
Not only are there talented musicians who create beautiful music, but there are some who freely give their songs to the world for no charge whatsoever. This in itself is enough to make me tear up in admiration (but not today; my manliness is on the line!). This level of gift-giving is something I aspire to do. Even though there's a saying "If you're good at something, never do it for free," I would still love to use my talents wholeheartedly and give something like these musicians do.
Anyways, thanks for reading! What songs have a profound effect on you? And what talents do you have that you'd love to share with the world? Please leave comments and feedback; they're greatly appreciated. And before I forget, here is the link to some pictures and a video that I added that beautiful song to.