Sweat dropped down his back as he inhaled the sweetness of a crowd of hundreds of people.
He knew the day would come and he knew he would be the result of such chaos and excitement.
Appreciation, celebration–for the evolution and brilliance in music.
A can of beer burst open spraying the small crowd in the center and aggressive laughter dominoed. Everyone turned to see a group of frat boys with red faces dripping in beer.
The crowd was
Like walking through an explosion of people. The stage was the rocket and everyone wanted on.
He stood tall and pointed at the crowd speaking into the microphone welcoming the students, faculty, and staff.
Someone disrupted his welcome with a yell and everyone turned to see a student standing in a tree. He danced around and some people laughed.
But the explosion was still happening, and the rocket would soon take off, so they turned their attention back to the man on the stage.
He started the countdown and they waited…
They didn’t know but that man built that rocket ship…
And in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 the artists entered the stage and the show took off.
They all exploded with joy.
It was a moment to stop and appreciate the ones who take life and words and instruments and synchronicity and passion and pain and create…
A moment to celebrate the victory and loss of human life crafted together by a community of often underrepresented groups of people (the musicians, the artists, the lyricists, the songwriters, the creators, the hearts, the minds).
These people are the ones we build the rocket ships (stages) for and it’s them who take us to the stars.
“Music is a core human experience and generative processes reflect cognitive capabilities. Music is often functional because it is something that can promote human well-being by facilitating human contact, human meaning, and human imagination of possibilities, tying it to our social instincts. Cognitive systems also underlie musical performance and sensibilities. Music is one of those things that we do spontaneously, reflecting brain machinery linked to communicative functions, enlarged and diversified across a broad array of human activities. Music cuts across diverse cognitive capabilities and resources, including numeracy, language, and space perception. In the same way, music intersects with cultural boundaries, facilitating our “social self” by linking our shared experiences and intentions.
This draws us together and, as a social species, remains essential to us; a chorus of expression in being with others, that fundamental feature of our life and of our evolutionary ascent. Music is indeed, as Timothy Blanning noted, a grand “triumph” of the human condition, spanning across cultures to reach the greatest of heights in the pantheon of human expression, communication, and well-being. It is in everything (Cross, 1999; Huron, 2001).”
Kelsey With Some Jo ❤
Dedicated to The Man on The Stage
The quoted statement above was taken from an article on the Frontiers Media SA website titled “The Evolution of Music and Human Social Capability”, written by Jay Schulkin and Greta B. Raglan (also both being the primary researchers).
Here is a link to the article: