Timeless Music

It has been said that music is a universal language. I think it’s true. I believe music has the capacity to transcend race, religion and even socio-economic status. I believe music can transform lives and even moods. Think about it. How many times have you put on that certain piece of music and it took you from a glad mood to a sad mood; or from a sad mood to a glad mood; or from either mood to a night mood (smile)?

You may not always know exactly what the artist is saying to feel what he or she is conveying. Many remember the wonderful song stylings of Ms. Anita Baker when she first came on the scene. We may not have known every word she was singing, but it was something about the way she moved through those lyrics and melodies that compelled us to connect the emotion that she was sharing. And what about the legendary funkmaster and godfather of soul, Mr. James Brown himself? (“Hit me!) To this day I don’t know what he was saying on some of his songs, but I sure could feel the funk when the godfather started to groove.

When I first started to tour internationally with the Sounds of Blackness, I wondered about the language barrier—whether people would be able to understand the subtle nuances of the language and the melody. But then we went to France and Japan and Africa and sang about healing and optimism and the spirituals, and the people would cry, and clap their hands and wave their hands. Their ability to connect with the music transcended the exact words we were singing.

My travels with the Sounds of Blackness afforded me experiences that I had never imagined–Grammys, platinum records, gold records, videos, excitement, accolades and invaluable lessons learned. The fame, the glitz, the glamour was all good, but underneath all that was the feeling, the message, the melody, the story. That, my journeymen, is my passion and it’s timeless.

So often we hear songs that remind of us a certain time, place or emotion. We are drawn to these songs because of the moments they awaken in us. We are inevitably drawn to that time, place or memory that will always be oh so real to us, commercial trends notwithstanding. Timeless.

Whether imaging or relieving moments of passion, love, heartache, serenity, sassiness or just plain joy, music is the vehicle that takes us to that place. And not just any music, but timeless music.
Capture it, embrace it, ride it and, whatever you do, enjoy the journey!

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