We can’t really put our finger on it, but there sure is something about music that brings out the magic in the mundane. Be it the ambience created by the beats or the poetic lyrics that capture emotions that are otherwise hard to pin down, music is an art form like no other.
As much as we may love music, we sometimes overlook just how mesmerizing it can be. We get caught up with living life and let the music get lost in the background. That is because music is so seamlessly interwoven into our everyday. Music is everywhere. And no, we don’t mean that in a poetic sense, but rather, in a literal one. Shopping malls, elevators, cabs – wherever you may go, there is bound to be music, subtly adding life to every moment.
On the other hand, music can open us up to a type of meditation. Be it making music or listening to it, the mindfulness that music demands can give us a moment of respite in our busy lives. Ironically enough, when we hit the ‘play’ button of a song, we hit the ‘pause’ button on our racing thoughts.
Just thinking about music makes our hearts well up with joy. With the advent of the internet, music is one of the most accessible forms of art. It goes beyond gender, race, language, culture, class and any other barrier. It has the power to bring people together like nothing else. And that’s exactly why World Music Day is so important. It is a day for us to slow down and truly appreciate music for all that it is and all that it does.
At Graffiti Collaborative, we are all hard-core music lovers. And so, we celebrated World Music Day just as it should be – by playing our favourite songs out loud and singing along. We can’t put it into words, but the energy created when a bunch of people come together and sing their hearts out is cathartic! We all sang the same songs together, but what they meant to us individually might have been different. That’s the thing about music – be it pop, heavy metal, Carnatic, K-pop or any other genre, the magic of music forever remains a secret. A secret that cannot be translated, but rather, one that only the listener can understand.