Voices Of The Underground is a series that seeks to explore one question from many different angles. Every week, we will ask one question of many of your favorite music artists. We will post their responses below, and what you will find is that there is never truly one answer to every question, but instead a whole world of ideas that come from simple matters of taste, to deep held beliefs. Our hope is that through this series you are able to see past the promo pictures and the stage persona, and get to know the hearts of believers who are creating music every day.
Our first question is one that appeared in the last season of Voices of The Underground. It is simple question that encites many different answers, and gives us a look in to the passion that many musicians carry with them as they write, play, and perform music. You can see all the answers to the last time we asked this question, and then enjoy what our new VOTU participants have to say.
What Do You Love About Music?
You know, to be honest, I’m not sure how to answer that question. I’ve always loved music, since listening to movie soundtracks as a kid and playing trombone in high school and college. I’m attracted to music that draws heavy emotion in ways that words can’t really express, I guess.
Everything!! I think my favorite thing about music though is that there can be so many different ways of conveying the message of the material across, whether it be through a subtle single note or a huge anthemic chorus. I tend to pay more attention to the actual melodies and harmonies behind the music rather than the lyrics, and I just find joy in music when I listen to maybe one part of a song, and in that one part of the song I can feel this deep connection with the feel/theme of the song. Words don’t necessarily have to be sung, there are so many different avenues that one can take to get their final emotions felt, and when they find that right path it can be very beautiful.
Listening to my favorite record or song (of the moment) is as intimate as sitting down and having a conversation with a good friend. I listen to The Innocence Mission and I feel like I know them….I feel like I’ve known them for nearly half my life. Their music is always there for me…that’s pretty cool. As an artist, you can really be something special to a listener.
Music pulls out all these emotions that you sometimes didn’t know were there. It does things that you don’t realize it is doing.
I remember when “Rogue Wave”s first album came out. I was in Seattle with my wife and we bought the album to listen to while we were exploring the city. When we got back home to Tampa, one of the songs from that album played on my Ipod and instantly I felt like I was there again. Memories came back and even some of the smells and sounds of the city.
That’s why it is so amazing. It really does embed itself into your mind.
The great thing about Worship music is that you say things that you would have never said in normal everyday language. If you were to quote some old hymn during a corporate prayer you might sound ridiculous and pharisaical, but during a song you are free speak in creative ways.
Thats why I love it!
Since I can remember, music has been the connective force between almost everything important in my life, be it faith, lifestyle, ethics, politics, relationships, etc. Music, in it’s various forms, as influenced and directed my life in ways I would have never imagined when my mom bought my first record (Michael Jackson “Thriller”) back in the early 1980s.
I love being able to lose myself in it. I love to be carried to a different place through it. I love to FEEL something through it. I love to identify with the lyrics – even if I have not been through exactly what the artist is saying at times, I love to FEEL what they must’ve felt when writing the lyrics. I love to let the music affect my mood, to enhance my experiences.
It’s a universal language that we can use as a platform to inspire, challenge and encourage people to do more with their life. It’s a great conversation starter and allows an opportunity to build a relationship with others.
I love the way you it speaks to the heart. Songs can take you back to memories-whether good or bad. You hear a song and it can remind you of exactly where you were and how you felt when listening to it. Can you remind you of heartbreak, celebration, love, etc… I also love the aspect of it telling a story and how its someones feelings exposed for all to see.
As cheesy as it sounds, music has the ability to take you other places. Certain music triggers certain memories, feelings and emotions. It can remind you of people, places, and times in your life. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes its bad. But it’s always an awesome experience. For me, a great song is just satisfying. I listen to a well written song and I’m satisfied, like I just ate an awesome meal. Music is also one of the best ways to glorify our creator. Music is talked about a lot in the Bible as a very important tool for worship. In my opinion, nothing is more satisfying than worshiping God through a great song.