For myself, Music is the lens through which I view life; the prime sensory mode. For other folks, it might be math, or medicine, or woodworking, or culinary arts, etc. Music can express hard-to-express emotions; it connects people together in an instant; it can be intensely personal, yet at the same time, it is undeniably universal.
Especially after having earned a piece of paper that tells people I studied Music seriously for 4 years (i.e. a music degree), I'm frequently asked "So... what's next?" or "What are you going to do with that?" As you might suspect, the more I'm asked these questions, the more bothersome they become. I know people mean well, but the questions still irk me--I think because these questions are primarily concerned with career- or money-based outcomes (rational, prudent concerns, for sure). I think this belittles music's actual power; I would much rather be asked, "What music has moved you recently?" or "Would you like to make some music with me?"
Music to me is more a way of life than a means to an end. It involves:
- Constantly learning
- Being open to new ideas
- Attention / Intention
- Being present 'in the moment'
Again, I'm not claiming music is the only medium that promotes these skills/ideals. It's just the one that has most resonated with me, personally. It's what's been at my side for the larger part of my life. Music is the thing that has taught me several lessons, which I'll share here as a snapshot of some tweets I posted a little while back:
What does music mean to you?