Music’s story

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Music conveys story and emotions more easily than most art forms.

Take literature for example. Novels and short stories can evoke emotion and action through the ideas put forward by their authors—but it typically takes some effort and time on the part of the reader to become one with the words. Often, it takes an entire novel to bring us into another world where our emotions can be toyed with.

Music, on the other hand, can strike an emotional chord from a single phrase or beat. How long does it take for your foot to start tapping at the sound of a Bossa Nova rhythm?

Music is one of the best mediums for connecting us to a story. The first time I heard Simon and Garfunkle’s classic The Boxer, I was hooked within minutes. How long did it take you to become one with Dylan’s Blowin in The Wind? Or hooked on Brubeck’s Take 5? Puccini’s Nessen Dorma? Beethoven’s 4 note opening to his Fifth Symphony?

The ability of music to quickly shape our emotions is, in my experience, unparalleled by any other art form. True, a painting or photograph can instantly change our mood or minds, but it’s far less common than music.

Never underestimate the power of music to tell its story.