Monday, November 02, 2009

Not just an influence.


"Without music, life would be a mistake."
— Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Have you ever listened to a song and remembered the very first time you heard it? The moment just flashes across your mind. There’s always that special song, or many for some. Songs that remind you of your childhood- the first song you danced to, the first song you sang in front of a large audience, the songs you listened to in full blast when you got your new music system or in your car while driving on a perfect day with the perfect company and just smiled, listening to every lyric. I was listening to ‘The Earth Song’ by Michael Jackson and remembered the time when my parents, my sister and I would watch the video on MTV at home with all the lights off. My mum would turn up the volume and we would listen to MJ sing. I was what, 10 then or younger. I remember the time when we bought the 3 cassette set of the 'History' album. Yes, we had cassette players then. From cassette players to CDs to mp3, MJ lived through all of it. I remember how fascinated I got looking at the 'Dangerous' album art. I wondered if I could imitate the graphics on it but I never ended up trying.

If it’s one thing that has influenced my life in a big way, it’s music. I believe and know for a fact that the greatest contribution a human being can make to the world is influential music. I am reminded of great moments shared with the people I love while listening to some of my favourite music. I still am the girl who believes the world is a happy place with fireflies. I believe that dreams come true every day. My picture of a perfect world got ruined the day I heard MJ's doctor was responsible for his death. I can't get over the fact that someone would want to hurt someone that gave the world so much happiness, and compelling music.
“I'm starting with the man In the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place
Take a look at yourself, and
Then make a change”
-Lyrics of ‘Man In The Mirror’ by Michael Jackson.
The person that taught the world how to dance, how to be kind and protect the planet and everyone around us, lives on in my memory through his music. For people to realise how important music and lyrics are, it is very important to be aware of what the world of music has in store for each and every one of us. There were two six-year-old kids sitting next to me in the theatre when I went to watch ‘This Is It’ for the third time, and they knew every word of every song and clapped after every performance. That’s what touched me the most. There’s this benevolent attitude and honesty about the King of Pop that you can’t help but admire him and smile at the screen. If my mother made me listen to the Dire Straits and the Doors and made me love them, there will certainly be songs by Michael Jackson playing on my music system fifteen years from now.

In conclusion, I would like to quote lyrics from ‘The Earth Song’, which seem perfect while we’re dealing with climate change and global warming that could take a disastrous toll on the generations to come.
“What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain...
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine...
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we've shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?


What have we done to the world
Look what we've done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son...
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine...



...I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don't know where we are
Although I know we've drifted far


Hey, what about yesterday
What about the seas
The heavens are falling down
I can't even breathe
What about the bleeding Earth
Can't we feel its wounds

What about nature's worth
It's our planet's womb
What about animals
We've turned kingdoms to dust
What about elephants
Have we lost their trust
What about crying whales
We're ravaging the seas
What about forest trails
Burnt despite our pleas
What about the holy land
Torn apart by creed
What about the common man
Can't we set him free
What about children dying
Can't you hear them cry
Where did we go wrong

Someone tell me why
What about babies
What about it
What about the days
What about all their joy
What about the man
What about the crying man
What about Abraham
What about death again
Do we give a damn?”
So go ahead, find your song and spread the love.