“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
― Billy Joel

A year ago I decided I would learn to play the piano. It was something I always wanted to do. My father was a music teacher and I grew up listening to him masterfully play. I had my own interests, pursuits and dreams at the time, so I never took the time to learn.

Now I sit and work at my new hobby and for brief moments in time I get lost in the music.
I’m not very good……but I love it.
As these days have gone on I’ve found myself more and more attached. Not only to attempting to play, but listening to music.

I thought I would see if others are listening to music more now as well. Wondering what younger people are listening to, I reached out to some of our players and asked them.
The first response back I got was, “Ya, for sure……lots of EDM. Makes me relax and chill…….”
Turns out EDM is ‘popular music intended for dancing to in clubs, typically having a repetitive beat and a synthesized backing track.’

Of course…..how did I not know that?….:)

A sampling of some of the other diverse responses, (not sure if some of these are titles, artists, genres or what…)
Breaking Benjamin, Hillsong United, Rap, Country, Eric Church, Drake, Morgan Wallen, Cold Feet, Loud Luxury, Gorillaz, KBong, Bob Marley, Kygo, Sigala, Chainsmokers, Jay Z, Post Malone, Arkells, John Mayer, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy, Gareth Emery, Loud Luxury……….and yes even……The Beatles, Petty and Springsteen.

The response from the guys I got was overwhelming. They agreed that they too were listening a lot more these days as well.

Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”
Keith Richards

Wednesday night I watched the benefit concert for New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund performed by NJ musicians. Those who know me realize I admire Bruce Springsteen very much. I never miss a chance to see him perform. I got caught up in how good all the musicians were. It was a moving and emotional hour featuring many stories of our front line heroes.
It again occurred to me how much we are affected by music during good times and bad.

One thing is crystal clear to me.
Music heals……or at least it soothes.
It connects and pulls us together.
It was amazing to see the videos from Italy of people singing and sharing music from their balconies while quarantined. They were just trying to stay connected. There are so many other examples of people using music to reach out all around us now.
From the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, World War 1, the Great Depression, World War 2, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Cold War, 9-11, the Gulf War, and many other challenging times, music has comforted countless souls. (see examples at bottom of post)
There is a long history of music being ever present……..especially when we really need it.

This is one of those times.

Something has to get us dancing again.

I hope you find your music and it helps you cope.

Me…..I’m heading to the internet to download some great EDM sheet music…..

For my piano.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
John Lennon

Here are just a very few examples from many challenging times in the past.
Click on the links for a stroll back in time…….
Enjoy and stay safe!!!

The Civil War.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home

The War of 1812
The Star Spangled Banner

World War 1
Over There

The Great Depression
Puttin on the Ritz

World War 2
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
The White Cliffs of Dover
Blue Moon

The Civil Rights Movement
The Times They Are A Changing
We Shall Overcome

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Fortunate Son
Give Me Shelter
Run Through The Jungle

The Cold War
Two Tribes
Games Without Frontiers

The Rising
My City Of Ruins
Empire State of Mind

The Gulf War
Star Spangled Banner-Whitney Houston