When it comes to music, I have never been completely able to define what type I like. In fact, when faced with the question "What kind of music do you like?" my answer is almost always "Not rap."
Except even that does not define me, because there are some 'rap' songs that I have enjoyed throughout the years--mostly the milder ones.
So how do I define what I like? I like what hits me to the core.
Recently I've been consuming (at an unhealthy pace) all things Battlestar Galactica. I have become an addict of phenomenal proportions, and have discovered that the music used within the show is as much part of my addiction as the story line itself.
Throughout the years I've often wondered how it is that someone can see an image and immediately come up with a beat and harmony to go with it. Since I like to write, I've always imagined music to be on the same creative level as words, just in some fashion that my brain ceases to grasp.
The longer I write for The Literary Soundtrack the more I learn how to connect music with literature. I pay more attention to the noises in the background of movies, I think more about how they are working together in telling their story.
It's a fascinating conglomeration of artistic minds working for the same goal--art.
I'd be interested in seeing what music a person can connect with paintings and sketches.
Anyway, back to Battlestar Galactica. The music is incredibly simple and yet conveys the power and sparseness of the setting (which is space). Even to my non-musical mind I can feel the genius behind such a melding and envy it.
Music is so much a part of our daily lives. Not just the sounds that come from our radios and iPods, but from the chirp of a bird, the fall of the snow, the breath of a breeze. We only fail to hear that music because of the cacophony of our own lives.
So how far does music go? Is it more powerful than literature? More universal than words? If a single song can express the breadth and width of an entire story is music the more potent art-form?
I sometimes wonder what injustice I do my children by not having the subtle tones of piano music wafting in the background of our lives. What power would I be giving my children if I not only surrounded them with books, but with music as well?
How powerful is music in your life? Do you see it as a force for good or bad or nothing at all? How do you view music?
Here is some music to enjoy:
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Battlestar Galactica soundtrack-Season 2