Sometime I contemplate this music thing like it’s a machine or that there is a one size fits all solution to some of the problems I face. Maybe there are times when something works you repeat it again and again, but you can’t do that with an art. Songs will all sound the same, pictures will look alike, and the words have the same meaning. To really get out of the comfort zone there has to be an experience that associates meaning to the art. Anger, fear, and love are some of the strongest of these emotional experiences which is why so many art forms are born with these themes.
If there is going to be something special then it has to be unique. At least in art. If you buy a product you want it to be exactly what you expected. With art we want to be surprised or maybe just entertained but it can’t be something we’ve seen before. Sometimes I feel like its all been done before. The same chords, song structure, meaning, and words have gone into so many songs. What makes them unique? Why do we listen to love songs, breakup songs, or whatever? Maybe it’s the connection. An underlying commonality that we all have had experience with, and that reaches us on some of the deepest meanings of existence. Fear of death, hope of life, hope of love, fear of loneliness, fear of commitment. It’s all been done before, but so have the feelings. Maybe even the feeling isn’t unique, but the way that it gets presented to us is.
There isn’t a one size fits all to this music thing but maybe there is an underlying truth that you have to do your best to describe the feelings that connect us all.
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