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Music can spark our imagination. My sixth grade music teacher once came in with a recording of some symphonic Rachmaninoff and instructed us to take out our notebooks or looseleaf paper and write whatever came into our heads as we listened. I wasn’t sure what to expect since she didn’t tell us in advance what we were about to hear, but I remember feeling shocked as the sound crashed into me and then I began to write, and words flowed from my pen onto the paper as the music swept me away.
Music can also create emotion in the listener. We all can think of the power of a favorite song or classical recording. Have you ever been watching a television show or movie when you realized the only sense of suspense or excitement was coming, not from the plot or the scene or the actors, but from the music? The composer attempts to use this instant link to our brains to convey something to us, often successfully, even when the rest of the input does not support that idea.
As a musician, there are certain pieces or parts that I find incredibly satisfying. I am a decent instrumentalist but a very good singer, and sometimes I am transported when I feel the music flowing through me. I am connecting in a very deep way to the central power of the universe, the Creator God, and his entangled universe in which we are all connected in some quantum way. I breathe better, I sing more true, I shape the words in a way that is different. The sound waves pour out of my body and slam into the ears of my listeners, and they are changed by my music.
Is it my imagination, or does music really have this power?