Air (band) playing in 2010.

Music – the great connector.  Not just for connecting to others, but to oneself.

As I watched a YouTube video (an interview), I listened to the man being interviewed talk about passion and being led by what makes you come alive.

As I set about a logistical task I need to complete today on my laptop, I thought I’d put some music on – something I notice that I have not done often in a long time.   As I sit here listening to “Femme D’Argent” by Air in the background (one of my favourite songs), I remember something I know very well: that I am deeply moved by music.  Isn’t everyone?  I don’t know for sure, but I do know that music that resonates with me REALLY resonates with me.  It as if I feel across time (past, present, future) all at once.  I feel my experiences at a deep, core level and I am often very moved by the rhythm, the melodies… sometimes the lyrics, or even just the sounds of the words uttered.

Music to me is a great connector.  One of the greatest connectors we have in this world. When absorbed in music, we lose ourselves from our thoughts, our fear…. we just are.  We are present. Perhaps music can be meditation for some, especially instrumental music.  There are no worries about money or power or status when one listens to music.  We are all united in this moment of emotion – whatever emotion that song emits.  No interpreters or translators are required, even when those of us listening are from different countries or speak different languages.  The banker is no better than the truck driver.  There is no hierarchy.  No separation.  Music unites.

This particular song – Femme D’Argent – has a deep element of nostalgia to it.  It makes me imagine times before I was even born, but for which I have an impression formed by family, friends, books, magazines, television programs, and movies… I feel transported.  It takes me back to the person who introduced me to this song and the city I was living in at the time.  It reminds me of other past experiences in my life.  It makes me reflect on my current state and where I’ve come.  It makes me hope for the future, and at the same time, it can make me think nothing at all… just feel.  A feeling that by listening to this song, I am connecting with my true self.  It feels honest and I feel at home and at peace.

I love that the composers/creators/musicians of this song are French.  (As you may have noticed from the title of this blog, I have a love for the French language and culture.  Being connected to French culture is something that brings me joy.)

To me, this song is creative, beautiful, nostalgic, elegant, and pure.  I love it!

How do you feel about music?  Is it something that inspires you creatively?  With what type(s) of music to you connect most deeply?

One thought on “Music – the great connector

  1. Very nice post. I agree that music is a “great connector.” I find that each culture has its own musical language, but it’s far easier to connect with another music than another language. Music imparts the emotions of its culture, I think. For instance, when listening to Debussy, there is no doubt that the music is French, while Rachmaninoff’s music is distinctly Russian, Vaugh-Williams distinctly British, and Copland distinctly “American.” In addition, music is almost as strong as scent in evoking memories, as you said this song transports you to a specific time and place. Fantastique!


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