I was asked today by a fellow classmate, “Why do you want to go into a field where you aren’t likely to make a lot of money?”
When he asked this it took a good minute or so to come to a sufficient conclusion. My answer was actually another question. I said, “What other profession allows you to create something from nothing but complete silence?” After I saw he was interested in what I said, I continued with my answer.
Now music is the one art in which we manipulate the sound around us. As humans we have such an emotional connection to music. For myself it’s when I hear a band, orchestra, that produces such a majestic sound I remember that moment in time. Also, music is a universal language. You don’t need to learn a thing to understand the beauty of music. Just by listening you can get the basic understanding of what the composer was trying to say through his/her music. Lastly, music has such a deep culture that you will never have loss of genres of music to listen to. Think about your region, and then think of all the different bands, soloists, and street performers you hear. There is a plethora of music you will never be bored. And learning about music, the people behind it, and the origins of all the genres of music adds a new dynamic world which brings happiness into my life.
Now, I must divulge that my friend is a philosophy major, another study I absolutely adore. And, he just sort of sat there, I don’t think he fully comprehended what I said, but It’s the truth. If there is one thing that leaves an identity for a generation it’s the music they produced.