Some people believe in magic, others believe in astrological signs, but for me, the real power lies within music. Music has the power to change moods and transform days. Music has the power to motivate as well as spark creativity. No matter what purpose music serves, it continues to be utilized by people all over […]
Some people believe in magic, others believe in astrological signs, but for me, the real power lies within music. Music has the power to change moods and transform days. Music has the power to motivate as well as spark creativity. No matter what purpose music serves, it continues to be utilized by people all over the world. Whether music comes from that random guy on the street or live in a concert hall, it calls each and every one of us to be a better version of ourselves. By finding our own meanings in the words or tunes of a song, music has transformative effects.
For the members of the Christian Brothers community, music enlightens our liturgies and solidifies the messages being taught. A simple tune might be the very solution to alleviating stress on the way to a first date or even a conversation starter with a stranger.
CB religious studies instructor Mr, Julian Elorduy ’03 says that he really enjoys late 80’s music, saying that it even influences the way he dresses. Whether he is playing music at liturgy or listening to it in his classroom, Mr. Elorduy believes that music is “the soundtrack to [his] life.”
He recalled a time where he was feeling “low” driving over the Golden Gate Bridge when all of a sudden a song by Roxy Music came on that changed his perspective. He found this experience transformative as it showed him the power of music and its ability to change his perspective.
“Music can be self-transcendent in the way that it can connect with you in a transformational way, causing you to feel outside of yourself,” he stated.
Music has the power to not only resonate with us, but it allows “time to pass by differently,” the religion teacher added.
Adam Sunderman (’24) has experienced the power of music not only through listening to it but also from playing it.
“It’s easy to feel isolated, and music can help us to realize that what we’re feeling is universal,” he says. He also uses music as a tool “to relax and release the emotions [he is] feeling.”
Music calls us to reach inside of ourselves and discover our motivations. Music is a voice for some and a Bible for others. While music is utilized differently by everyone who listens to it, one truth still remains: music is powerful.
Next time you’re feeling down or just looking for motivation to do that pile of homework, put on some music. Not only will it transform your mood, but you might also learn a new perspective.