So what usually happens next? For me, I savor the moment and get present to what happened. Why did THAT music affect me so profoundly and so unexpectedly? What emotions did it provoke in me?
I am an artist who creates ethereal paintings on canvas. While painting, I listen to inspiring music, usually through Pandora. Several months ago, I was unexpectedly whisked away into a reverie of splendor as Paul Cardall’s heartfelt music introduced itself to my soul. The music stopped me in my tracks! I sat there so profoundly affected. I couldn’t understand what was happening. I was so deeply touched that tears spontaneously poured down my cheeks. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and supreme joy. I became aware that I was experiencing a divine moment of truth that was meant to be for me. I had to pause to give it the attention it deserved. Thank God, I was present enough to recognize that it was a spiritual connection beyond what thought could rationalize. It was beyond words to describe.
Suddenly, I understood why Paul’s music affected my so deeply. His beautiful melodic waves of piano magic expressed in music what I was expressing in my paintings. His music was the sound wave version of my visual paintings. It was an extraordinary experience that caught me completely by surprise. We were so aligned. It was an awe-inspiring experience for me to hear the emotions that I was attempting to convey visually through my paintings. It was perfect. It wasn’t sort of close. It was right on, exactly as I felt when I was painting. It was like Mr. Cardall saw my paintings and composed his music to express exactly what my paintings were expressing. I knew then and there that I had to reach out to him and let him know what a profound connection I felt for him and his music.
I am sharing this experience because I feel it is something universal that we all have access to. It is something, as human beings, we can all relate to, if we slow down and get quiet enough to allow it. Music provides a direct link to the human soul, so there is no surprise why it is present in every culture. I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t listen to music. It’s on our car radios, in the background of practically every store or office we visit. Movies and TV shows use music as a vital enhancement to the story line. It builds the mood and energy of the theme. Can you imagine being in a church, temple, or synagogue without music? When children begin pre-school and kindergarten, many of the lessons they are taught are done with song and rhyme.
Did you know that you can change how you feel instantly with music? Notice when you’re sad, angry, frustrated, feeling lazy or unmotivated, you can change your emotional state in a snap and create a new mood with the “high” of music. Music is the best of mood boosters, as it inspires joy, passion and intensity, more effectively than any other drug, and with no negative side effects. It can motivate energy for the task at hand. The best part is that no prescriptions are even needed.
I use music to wake me up in the morning on my phone alarm. On days when I know I have a lot to do I wake up to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” or Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy.” It starts me off in such a good mood and gets my energy going. Music sets my mood and pace for the day. Try using music to alter your mood. Next time you feel down or disappointed about something, listen to music that puts you in a good mood or makes you want to get up and dance. I’ll bet it will be impossible for you to stay in a bad mood. It will make you high.
Music is essential to the human psyche. Music goes beyond words and touches our hearts in ways that far surpass language. Visual arts touch our hearts and souls as well, but I daresay there is something about the sound waves, the vibrations, that we hear that cause us to feel something so deeply. Music is an elixir, the magic potion for my soul that inspires me to feel deeply and create from those depths.
From his recent newsletter, Paul Cardall expresses the importance of music (I have highlighted what impacted me in this passage),
“Dear Friends, Thank you for joining my newsletter. I often receive messages telling me about an experience someone had with my music. I’m humbled and inspired by how it has helped heal a broken heart or inspired deeper purpose in one’s life. Recently, a young man from war torn Afghanistan wrote he was depressed and contemplating ending his life. He said he had access to a radio and heard my song “Life & Death.” It touched him so profoundly that it changed his heart. With new found enthusiasm he wrote, “I want to live.” This is the beauty of music. It gives light to darkness and restores hope in ourselves. God reaches us through music. If you play the piano, never quit. If you paint, never stop. If you have discovered a gift, share it. We live in a beautiful world and as we go about sharing our talents there will be more joy in living.”
In closing, I leave you with this message: Use your gifts, whatever they are, whether it is painting art, dancing, design, organizing, speaking, singing, photography, or teaching. Your gifts DO make the world a better place. Let the music you love be a tool to aid you in your expression. It can bring passion and love to all that you do. It has for me. Music is the high my soul needs to feel free to express what it is inspired to express with paint on canvass. Thank you, Paul, for your music. Please keep playing it! Sage Boyd ©2014