The type of music we listen to can often reveal a little bit about who we are. But it can also cause us to cross cultural divides and release a sense of peace that we would otherwise not have been privy to.
For me, listening to the music of the Idan Raichel project ( an Israeli cross-cultural collaboration), Fiorella Mannoia (an Italian pop singer) and Greeeen (a Japanese pop rock/ hip hop/ breakbeat vocal group) have been awe inspiring.
One of the most beautiful things about music is that it’s not only about the lyrics, because everything else is also infused with meaning. Be it the guitar, the piano, the trombone or the oboe.
Do you believe me?
Try listening to someone you normally wouldn’t. Say a punk/ rock band. Or an international group that speaks a different language.
If we expose ourselves to different types of music, books, movies or animation, little by little our world view will expand, and we will find ourselves changing. And although the change might seem insignificant at first: opening a door for someone older, offering a smile to someone who is sick or troubled, communicating with people who live abroad. Over time, however, these small acts will add up to something greater. Eventually we will become a catalyst for change!
W.P. # 98 Listen to music. Write a poem. (Or use another medium, other than the one where you are most comfortable, to express yourself.)