Music is a wonderful part of our world that can have many purposes. Whether it be motivation to run; to dance to on your wedding day; or just to listen and enjoy. The feeling you get when you hear words that mirror your thoughts, or a beat that gets you on your feet. Music is an amazing tool because no matter your circumstances you can find a song to fit your mood, make you feel better or make you feel worse.
Inspiration, love, hatred, heartbreak. Songs that have lyrics which capture your feelings, and make you feel like you are not alone. That someone understands. Lyrics of real time, and lyrics of nonsense. Both can serve a purpose. Sometimes to get lost in the words, or sometimes just to get lost in a sound, in a beat, or in a moment with music in the background. Music as a soundtrack to your life. How many songs do you hear that remind you of a time in your life?
Music connects people. Whether its talking about music, or whether it is the freedom of just being at a concert or a festival. Whether its about having words to attach to feelings and situations or whether its being able to express feelings by using someone's words. Whether is sending someone a song to tell them how you feel about them, or having songs that trigger special moments. Music can be used as a connector. When I have spent time with Courtney Lynn (see Courtney Lynn Music), and have hung out with her artist friends, it has been an eye and heart opening experience. To be around people with open views of the world, who speak poetically, and who are quite happy to sit around and play music together. To be in that world, was a privilege to me, and to see people who expose their souls on a daily basis through their music, and showcase their talents which gives something to others. Courtney Lynn Music is featuring for free at various venues in Edinburgh for the Fringe. This week you can see her:
THURS AUG 14, 2PM @ COWSHED, COWGATE
THURS AUG 14, 5PM @ MALONES, FOREST ROAD
FRI AUG 15, 1PM @ TRON KIRK, ROYAL MILE
SAT AUG 16, 2PM @ COWSHED, COWGATE
People with amazing voices inspire me. If I had a good voice, I would probably speak with song. I love to sing even with my "sounds like a cats dying" singing voice. Last week, I took 21 young people along to a outdoors leadership residential, and two of whom were really talented as far as singing. Nobody wanted to show their talents in "Abernethy's Got Talent" but when a young girl sang with the encouragement of the group, it was really amazing. She has a great, unique voice. So first of all, she enjoys singing so I am sure she felt enjoyment in the experience of singing to a room full of people. Secondly, it brought the group together; everyone encouraging each other, and clapping along (maybe not in time haha) but all together. Being at the leader, I was trying to make sure I didn't let all of my happy tears go in order to gain composure for giving directions after. I did tell them, that it did make me tear up. The beauty of it all. The happiness for her, and her talent, and everyone's appreciation :)
On the bus back, the girl sang again at the front of the bus, and then a girl who had been quite reserved throughout, also after cheering and encouragement, sang on her own. Another great talent. But the tipping point and amazing thing for me was when they sang together. They both had their different "groups" they were part of and were very different as far as personality, but all of that was put to the side when they sang together. Working as a two, and laughing when they forgot the words. It was beautiful.
Singer/Songwriters amaze me! Not only so they showcase their voice talent but their souls. Words that come from deep inside and experiences. Singer songwriters bear their souls. They let the world see the words that they feel. The pain they've endured. Do you think singer song writers are more healthy than those who keep their emotions inside? They have a place to displace their feelings? Their deepest emotions. They take courage to put their feelings out to the public. This is inspiring. Do you think the world would have less angst if we were better at writing our feelings, and letting them out through words?
I find it quite ironic that singer/songwriters who put in effort, create magic in their lyrics, and show the world their beautiful voices, yet we are seeing more and more today, that sometimes making it 'big' in the music industry is not about that. Sometimes, its the luck of the draw or whats 'hot' in the moment. I encourage to get other there and be part of the music industry that hasn't quite made it to the 'big stage' of massive concerts and tv gigs. To listen to your local bands, and support upcoming future artists. I love the intimate gigs where you are close to the artist, and can feel what they are singing. You should check out live@theloft at OutHouse on a Wednesday night! https://www.facebook.com/events/181542395330660/?ref=22&source=1 Also, my friends Shaz and Jules play on regularly on a Sunday night at Boda and they are brilliant. I always feel so happy when I listen to them. Shaz is amazing on the keyboard, and Jules has the ability to brighten up the room with her character and strong voice!
Tracy Donachie, MSc in Performance Psychology.