I have been pondering how music has the ability to change individuals. I believe that music brings emotions, thoughts, and ideas to people that otherwise would be absent. Utah Phillips used music to convey a deeper message about social justice. Through music he was able to create a community of individuals that shared similar beliefs. Anyone could understand the music. It doesn’t discriminate between those who can read and those who can’t. Utah Phillip’s was able to affect people’s attitudes in a way that had lasting impacts as followers hummed and repeated the lyrics.
I enjoy composing piano pieces and have thought a great deal about the message I send to my audience. Although I don’t share words I can convey a mood through the melodic progression, dynamics, and technique. I have the ability to share a feeling of joy, danger, sadness, hope, tension, and excitement. Just like Utah Phillips I can send a deeper message to those who listen to my music. I think that is the beauty of music—it doesn’t matter whether it is folk, instrumental, rap, jazz, opera, or whatever genre. Music has the power to change people. It empowers people to feel and think things that would have never experienced on their own.