Music is a universal language that impacts every single one of us in one way or another. No matter what style of music or artist you like, we can all say that at one point in our lives, we have been greatly moved or inspired by the lyrics of a song or even just by the song itself. Oftentimes, people express their emotions through music when they are unable to convey them to others. Many find that music is their escape from the real world and the power each song holds in its lyrics is almost more effective than if the words were just spoken. The fact that music has the power to change a mood, shift and atmosphere, and encourage a different kind of behavior in people is truly amazing (Huang). Sometimes we can’t always find the right words to express how we feel but we may find a song that does it perfectly for us. This comfort we feel through song is one of the many reasons why music is a truly powerful language.
In society today, new and more advanced technology has allowed us to incorporate music into many of our life experiences such as listening to the radio on our way to work or school as well as while we study or exercise (Da Silva). We hear music almost everywhere we go. Many musicians write music to inspire change, specifically social change. Discussing social issues isn’t always easy, but something about expressing these issues through music is more effective than if it was written out in a speech. Musicians write lyrics expressing different social issues in hopes that others will truly listen and spread the message the song is conveying. There are a variety of different ways to inspire change through music which makes it even more unique. No matter what type of music you listen to, each song conveys a message that speaks directly to you. It is only when you take a closer look at the lyrics or really “feel” the music that you truly understand how powerful the words can be.
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