I saw a video on Facebook a few days ago in which various musicians like Jamie Cullum and Emilie Sande described what Music meant to them. I thought I’d have a go.
For those of you that don’t know much about me, I am an 18 year old musician and composer from Billericay, Essex, my instruments are Piano, Vocals and Drums my main instrument is Piano. I have been playing Piano from the age of four and started receiving proper lessons when my parents discovered I had the ability to play by ear,this means I can replicate a song note for note or identify the exact key of a song by listening to it.
Despite having this ability, I cannot fluently sight read sheet music, this has held me back in some aspects of my career , but I have also managed to work with some great people due to the reputation that my musicianship has received over the years.
Now, what does Music mean to me? To be honest, music is all I’ve ever known. Its the one thing that I can confidently say “I am good at this”, I don’t know what I would be doing without my musical ability, I can’t see myself in any other profession besides being in the music field in some respect.
To me, music is the ultimate art of expression. Music has so much power on the human mind it’s almost scary. I work at various carehomes around Essex, some of them specialising in Dementia-only residents and with some of them, you can see that they are connecting with the music, it’s very interesting and empowering to watch.
I’m not saying that other art forms are not powerful however. I am saying that in my opinion, music is the most powerful art form out there. When I’m performing, I do feel a certain sense of freedom that I sometimes struggle to find outside of music. Having my musical ability has certainly made me who I am today and I couldn’t imagine doing anything different, my life wouldn’t be the same without it.