That question has been haunting me for quite a while.
Yet, I guess I still couldn’t find an answer even though I’ve been thinking about it through and through.
Why music is what it is? Why it can move people in such a way? Why simply playing a guitar can mean so much for someone?
I don’t know.
Music comes from notes. Notes are sounds. Sounds are waves. It’s simply the air vibrating around us. Isn’t it so weird? How exactly these somewhat random vibrations can turn into such a beautiful thing? HOW?
Why can music mean so much for someone? I repeat that question.
Vibrations. That is the key word. It can mean a lot of things. But let’s take the literal meaning for now.
When we grab a guitar, what do we do? We hit the strings and make them vibrate. What else? Why do we do that? What do we expect from it?
And now I’m not taking only the literal meaning of the word. Yes. We expect vibes. Good or bad, smooth or aggressive, sad or cheerful… We want to feel something. But is it just that?
Playing a guitar also means manipulate the “vibrations”. We want to control them. We want to feel the strings under our fingers, feel them crash against each other when doing a bend, make the vibrations get out of control when doing a vibrato and, at the same time, try to keep them under your power. That’s it.
We want to have our emotions under our power. This is why.
We want to yell to the world that we are not passive. We can speak. Some speak through words, some through images, movies, stories, romances… Some speak through war, through violence. But we speak through “vibrations”.
We want to hear ourselves speaking. We want to hear our own “vibrations”.
We want to touch the strings and wait until the vibrations come back at us. We want to feel every bit of this new magic world our minds and hands created. We want to taste every bit of it: to hear the translation of the feelings that are singing inside our mind.
Now… Why do we love gear then? We love collecting guitar, amps, pedals, gadgets… Why? Just because of the happiness of getting something new (“old”, in a few cases – lol)? Like buying new expensive clothes, a big luxury car?
Because we want to get the sounds we have in our mind. And gear is what allows us to do that. Gear is our weaponry. Guitars are like our swords. They stimulate us to get better. It boosts our confidence like a spell. When we hold a great guitar, it’s like it gives us a nod and tells us that it won’t let you down.
And we also want to have something more “physical” to put our love into. We want to attach ourselves physically with music. This is why we love gear. It’s the only “tangible” part of the equation.
And music isn’t only about notes and gear. It’s about rhythm too. Rhythm is measured by beats, right?. Ever wondered why the steady and repetitive percussive sounds can be so meaningful too? Why do we groove?
Because our heart beats too.
It can change its pace, but it never stops beating. If it stops, it’s because it’s the end.
The very same happens to music.
If we hear music, if we can feel it, love it, even though it is just vibration, we can know for sure that we are alive, because we are experience the very “true” magic. .
So… Music is life?
Life is music?
Music is magic?
It is everything.
Back to my first question: “Why?”
No. Not “why”. There’s not a “because” to answer that.
It simply IS.
So, just groove along with it. 😀
What was this? I’m not sure myself. Just felt like writing it. 😛