Now, perhaps more than ever, we need music. We need to share the songs and works of marginalized voices — to support them, listen to them and use their art as a way to fight hate.
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We worked like we were building a wall of our own — one made of power chords, cymbal smashes and sweat — to keep out bigotry and hatred.
I have credited music for saving my life in the past, for although it is a cliche, I know it to be true. But it wasn’t music that saved my life that day, it was my best friends.
I found something that not only distracted me from my anxious thoughts, but also soothed them and loosened their hold over the limited space in my brain.
Certain themes in music evoke feelings whether you want them to or not.
Music, simply put, is life.
I think that artists’ voices are now, more than ever, being amplified and projected. More tools are available; middlemen left and right are being made irrelevant — and in many ways that’s a good thing. The real question is how can we reattribute VALUE to those voices.
Time stood still. It was transcendental. I knew then that playing music was the greatest thing in the world.
It's okay to take small measures. It's okay to listen to the needs of the artists around us, and lend encouragement, support, and resources..
The corporate content hegemony is worse than ever and we're stuck squabbling over the pitiful amounts of money our streaming overlords let slip through their grasp, or clinging to ad agencies and music supervisors like life rafts.
But like all new tech the potential for discovery and access is mind-blowing, and beyond good and evil. The fact is the sample group of kids I have access to are as likely to know as much about obscure '60s garage punk stuff, or classic hip hop, or 'classic' punk rock, and that's extremely fucking cool.
That's always been the music that's excited me the most, when artists question the accepted - in culture, in song structure, in production methods - and tear everything down so they can build it back up again in their own way.
I think [music] the greatest source of joy and comfort of all art forms. And done right, it can foster understanding of and openness to other ways of being like nothing else can.
Either consciously or subconsciously music is, other than math, the universal language that we can communicate with.
The impact [music] has is that it gives living a context and momentum
[Music]s everywhere all the time and I don't think people realize what kind of an impact it really has.
Music is a memory aid, a muscle relaxant, an aphrodisiac, a pain reliever, an anxiety suppressant, a mood enhancer.
Can you manage a world without music or the arts? It’s kind of like imagining a world without adjectives.
For musicians to be truly heard we need to be empowered with tools to build our own framework. Existing foundations need to become malleable.
Music has a way of telling us how horrible and wonderful life is at the same time and it magically makes that reality easy to digest.
It’s everywhere all the time and I don’t think people realize what kind of an impact it really has.
Music speaks far beyond words. It is a capsule for the human condition.
People want art and need art, they crave it and seek it.
If that’s how you’re listening to music—you’re only ripping yourself off.
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Artists are just as important as scientists, doctors, mathematicians and the like.
Music is a guiding force, able to steer people toward communities and causes they're passionate about. ...I've been drawn to social causes and organizations that embody that punk passion and sincerity. In a way, music made me.
It almost feels like one of the elements. There's air, water, dirt, fire, and music.