It is in art that we find a common thread that connects us to each other in our humanity. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Pelican Brief and the Color Purple have been read by people from all walks of life and all nations. Similarly, various people can enter into discussions with complete strangers about movies, television shows or pieces of art. Then there is music as art, music as storytelling. Music transcends the spirit of people like no other art form. I'm not sure we need the research of the National Institutes of health that explain the profound healing power of music. For us music lovers, it is instinctive. When a songwriter tells a story, it takes on a form that lodges not just cognitively, in our memory banks, but far deeper into our soul. The songwriter also connects with deep ideas and deep emotions that were vaguely haunting inside of us and puts them into words and notes. It is in these words and notes that our tears find exit points or our laughter presses against our bellies. Sometimes the songs stir our conscience or our patriotism. They call us to action:
How can I make a change? When I am willing to just stay the same? (from Change by SJBII)
Love is more than just an action. (from Love is More by SJBI)
Celebration is appreciation of the present. (Celebration by SJBII)
Can we just stand by and wish them well? Hoping someone else will care or will we be the ones who hold them close in our arms. (from Someone Cares by SJBI)
What songs have moved you?