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December 1, 2012

On the Go: Music vital to teens' lives

Music touches everyone’s life. The impact music has on an individual is unique to that person, though. 

It’s no wonder that “music” has its roots from the Greek word “muse.” A muse is a source of inspiration or fodder for creativity. Music seems more central to teens than any other age group. To most people, especially teens, music is as essential to life as food or sleep (coming from teens, this is a pretty big honor). Music has always been and, we hope, will always be a venerated aspect of society and existence.

Let’s take people out of the equation. Music is thriving within the world. There are obvious songs like birds at dawn, crickets or rain but there are more subtle songs too. You have to be open to these songs; they won’t jump up and down shouting, “listen to me!” 

My favorite subtle song is the silence of midnight snow. Like a rest in music this song is enchanting and essential to the world’s soundtrack. 

Other natural songs I like are horse hooves, the wind before a storm, or the clinking of branches in the woods at night. Next time you’re outside, take a moment to close your eyes and just listen to all the sounds around you. What do you hear?

Most babies come into the world singing their own personal (and somewhat pitchy) song. As babies grow, their song changes and evolves. People spend countless breaths teaching toddlers to speak correctly with words. I don’t want to shake your foundation but those babies were not only speaking without your help, they were singing. Now that baby will have to spend the rest of her life learning how to sing again. 

Not that language is a bad thing, I happen to be a fan, but people also need to encourage children to sing, however that child deems correct, because that is how that particular child was designed to sing.   

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