Jacquelyn Hurtado/ Contributing Writer
Music is a universal language. It’s a form of communication that transcends space and time, touching the hearts of people worldwide. With just one note, a shred of hope, happiness and even sadness can be transmitted from one soul to the next.
Despite not being a musician, music is an important factor in my life. Music evokes a sense of calmness during times of stress, but it can also fuel my waves of rage and bring forth the tears I’ve been holding back.
“Music is just an expression,” said Kevin Gutt, a former violinist and junior majoring in biomedical engineering. “You get feelings that I feel you can’t get anywhere else.”
Like Gutt, I believe that the sound or lyrics of a song can explain exactly what you are feeling inside during your highest and lowest points in life.
Music is the love and understanding that illuminates dark times and the serenity during great times. When words aren’t enough, music helps you communicate unexplainable emotions.
Music is also a bridge between cultural heritages and different backgrounds. It erases the line that defines all borders and allows a group of distinct people feel the same thing at the same time.
For instance, when a friend of mine started listening to Korean music, or K-pop, she would play it in her car all the time. Even though I didn’t understand what the artist was singing, I could tell if the song was romantic or upbeat and empowering. This demonstrates the universality of music because music reaches a profound level that can be understood by anyone.
“You can totally relate to someone opposite to you just based on music taste,” said Gutt. “You don’t see the boundary at that moment you’re just talking about music.”
Gutt emphasizes the nonjudgmental nature of music. It doesn’t discriminate between people who are different or not socially accepted. It affects whoever is present, sending the message directly to the hearts and bones of every stranger.
Because music is such a personal experience, people can feel so protective over the artist or genre of music they like. Due to this profound connection, finding someone that understands that music as deeply as you do is a powerful moment.
The other beautiful aspect of music is that it can help with your individual development. Not only does music teach you a little bit more about yourself, it also benefits the most powerful organ in your body.
Scientists found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other function in the human body, according to NPR news. It’s amazing how a song can allow us to experience everything we are in just two to three minutes.
“Music, especially in your early years, you develop the skills, the personal skills as a human being to shape what you’re going to be as an adult,” Gutt said.
Music is a language that loops through every mind, every person, every group and every nation. It can settle internal struggles, empower revolutions and most importantly, hold up a mirror and show you who you are, who you want to be and who you will be.
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