Music Matters

“I see my life in terms of music.”

Albert Einstein

Songs are like photographs of melodic memories or rhythmic reminders of lessons learned. They can awaken peaceful recollections of salty waves beating white sands smooth; or generate the imaginary smell of hair burning on a hot comb, all within a 3 to 7 minute timeframe. Songs are snapshots of experiences. The best songs can take you into moments outside of yourself. They can help you understand things otherwise foreign to you, if you are willing to listen. Music is emotion, literature, innovation, violence, love, money, poverty, and politics — all at once.

“Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

Music organized by genre creates playlists full of songs holding the power to bring people together, reveal raw emotion, communicate worship, or make you get up off your lazy ass and scrub them dishes the way your grandmother intended you to. The same way that photography albums visually reimagine vacations; musical albums re-create adventures of the heart, mind, pocket, or spirit. Masterpieces are when the artist is capable of creating a lyrical self-portrait. Or they are providing musical landscapes for escapism.

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

Maya Angelou
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I don’t measure music by album sales. I couldn’t care less who made the most money off of what. I’m not really concerned with how many streams someone has, or whether it’s a club banger. There is a good album for different moods. Music is about communication on steriods. Sometimes its N.W.A.’s fiery epitaph ‘Fxck the Police’ expressing the rage I can’t fathom. Other times it’s Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 that makes chopping carrots, onions, and celery for dinner a true art form. (Lol. Try it. I dare you. 😂)

“Love is friendships set to music.”

Jackson Polluck

Music is an oasis and a challenge, and as a listener it moves on my command. When I was a kid, I was never far from my CD player and headphones. Music accepts everyone. It has the power to make you feel when you need to, and cut the feeling off when life affords it to you no longer. You can step out of that song, and into what is required. Headphones and airpods can act as armor against the world on your coldest and busiest of days. Music can build you strong for that job interview too; when has anyone not felt confident after blasting Beyonce in her favorite supersuit and heels?– (fellas, get you a supersuit and some loafers with your Bey, I hear it works)– Like Maya said, music is a refuge.

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”

Alphonse de LaMartine

My love for music in all forms is comparable to my love for literature. I think that is the best way to describe it. — Music is literature in motion. One of the few things on earth that can encompass you without question. No overdose here. No societal backlash. No bills to pay. Nobody calling your name.– (Unless it’s Charlene or Stacy’s Mom. Lmao. I’m so wack.)– Just music. I’ll listen to or read almost anything you hand me once. Because… Why not? Only takes about five minutes to get a quick grasp of whether I wish to go on. And it could introduce me to a world I can fall into with pleasure on my demand, when I press play.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

The origin of music with musical instruments dates back even before the New Stone Age (11.500 B.C.). In this time early instruments, like flutes or rattles were made out of clay. Discoveries show however that before this time people made instruments out of wood. The oldest instrument, the “Divje Babe Flute“ produced by Neanderthals is approximately 43,000 years old. 

In many cultures, music is seen as a gift of a transcendent entity. The Chinese mythology says for example, that the first scale came from a miracle bird. According to the Hinduism several gods provided their contribution to the gift of music and in the bible Jubal, a Kinnor player is called the father of music.  

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I once heard someone say that your time is more productively spent listening to podcasts, suggesting that music is a waste, pointless. (Ok. So, I ‘overheard’ such utter ridiculousness on Twitter.)

Really, Kyle? 👀 I’m not judging you… (But I’m lowkey judging you.)

Maybe what he meant to say was that the music he listens to on the way home is a waste of time. Maybe some people need to give their brains a break from the grind and mind numbing music is what’s needed. I have found myself driving home blasting Cardi B’s song Money on many occasions, at peace with the ease of its message, amplified by simple, repetitive production.

“Musical innovation is full of danger to the state, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state always change with them.”


I’m sure that Plato had no idea in Antiquity that entire cultures of people would be living out the truth in his thoughts. Rap and hip-hop have erupted on to the pop culture scene and almost become synonymous with pop music. The black skin of its orginators has become a moot point and the only point as widespread legislation, political action, and tax reform has all been enacted ‘in the name of those thugs’. Music is powerful.

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautiful, more devotedly, than ever before.”

Leonard Bernstein

Hip-hop, soul, acoustic, and the blues are my favorites. Although I’m developing a slow love for electronic thanks to an NY friend. I can get jiggy with the right country and rock too. I will review it all, and a lot of it I probably won’t touch. That’s another beautiful thing about music. Control. Listen to what you want, share if you want, listen to what I enjoy or don’t, but I think that we should turn our minds over and listen.

“I think that music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. Its something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

Billy Joel
👀 (who has never met Kyle from Twitter early in the post) 😂


written & edited by W.d. Herstun

special thank you to chris of — he blogs about growth in music and technology. show him the love.

curated by w.d. herstun
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Special shout to the guest appearance from Twitter Kyle

Published by W.D. Herstun

Editor-in-Chief. Curator. Dreamer. I want to bring people together, one story at a time. Sometimes, we all just need a little perspective. The arts & humanities can help us regain humanity and change the world. Believe that. Achieve that. #LetsGrow

8 thoughts on “Music Matters

    1. Maybe it’s going thru it that will help you heal. A life without music, I know ur mom doesn’t want you to live that way if music reminds you so strongly of her.

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