Why are you thankful to have music in your life?
It seems like such a simple question, but as we and many of our readers discovered, it is actually quite complex. Music plays such an integral role in our lives that it is easy to take it for granted, to lose sight of its impact on our everyday thoughts, feelings, and interactions. Yet, for many of us, our lives would be entirely different without music’s regular and significant presence, and as we discovered from the many wonderful responses we received, this is the case for everyone in our Musicovation family.
Below is a compilation of the responses posted on Facebook and Twitter during our “Thankful for Music” campaign from November 17th–27th, 2014. We were inspired and uplifted by every single one of them. It is evident that, this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be thankful for in the music world.
“Why am I thankful to have music in my life?
To start, not being a musician, though occasionally claim proficiency on the Radio, my take on this may be a little different than many. Music is much like a blanket which covers both my mind and my spirit. It allows me to find myself in a place where I can share experiences with friends, and relive them by hearing that music again. Whether sharing a chamber experience with friends in an intimate setting, or recalling the ‘glory days’ of being a roady for another friends’ band, music is always there to bring a smile and fond memories. Especially when times are challenging, music can lift the spirit in ways simply reading or praying can only hint at.”
“I am thankful for music in my life for all the people I have met throughout this journey (including Zachary Preucil, who nominated me to post). Whether it’s through practice room banters, or getting some… cake, music has led me to some of the most incredible friends.”
“I am thankful for music because of the peace and space for reflection it gives me. I tend to write prolifically, both words and music, during concerts. Ideas hiding from me are often revealed in the deep pool of reflection that I attain in the midst of a great concert. The concert hall has often been my house of worship.”
“I am thankful for music because I get to watch it change and inspire my students lives everyday. I am alsothankful for that one euphoric feeling that you can only get from listening, playing, and conducting music.”
“I am thankful for music because it brings people together and provides joy, solace, beauty + meaning for many.”
“I am thankful to have music in my life because of all the places it has taken me as an aspiring cellist – from an arts center in Schaumburg, IL to the stage of Chicago’s Symphony Hall to the mountains of Colorado and the shores of Boston. You never know where a life in music might lead you, and I am privileged to be along for the ride.”
“I’m thankful for music in my life because it can cheer me up when I’m sad.”
“As we get closer to American Thanksgiving, there’s been a lot on my mind. My future, my family, my life that is so full of blessings. Sometimes it’s important to remember that, and sometimes you need a reminder. I got a good reminder this weekend when I shared music with good people and remembered the incredible, transformative power that music has. I’m thankful that every time I have ever needed it, music has been there for me.”
“I’m incredibly thankful and grateful to have music in my life because it allows me to express that which cannot be put into words.”
“Music for me has always been a language beyond human. It eloquently speaks of something far deeper then we could ever conjure up within ourselves. God often uses music to melt the ice off of my wings and draw me back to Him when nothing else can reach me. As a composer, it’s a direct connection between Creator and child. I can share the results of that connection, but I can never communicate the experience. It’s too personal.”
“Grateful for music both pure and dirty. ;)”
“I am thankful to have music in my life, because without music, I would never had made it to Credo [Music Festival]! At Credo my performance level was taken to a new level, my faith was developed, and I met all of the most awesome people I have ever met. I would not be who I am without Credo, without music.”
“I am thankful for music because it’s something most everyone can agree is good.”
“Sitting down to write this, a hundred thoughts crowded my brain, and, instead of writing them all down, I’ll try to condense it into tow over all topics; Healing and Connection. Music not only gives a vent for emotions when words are too few and feelings too high, it pulls us together to live in that feeling. When I mourn, when I rejoice, when i don’t have the words to speak, music steps in and fills the void, to wrap those i love in joy or to raise a roof of beauty to lift sorrows. When it all boils down, that is why I am so very thankful.”
“I love music because it teaches us all we need to know.”
“I am thankful for music because throughout my life, whether in times of great sorrow or great joy, great anger or frustration, in celebration or in misery, music has always been there for me – to provide affirmation for or to counteract my emotions, to articulate my feelings, and to express love and beauty or horror and madness. Whatever I need, music supplies it willingly, reliably, and peerlessly.”
–Jason M. Rubin