Friday, November 11, 2016
I listened to an incredible violinist a few weeks ago. He played so beautifully it seemed like he was put on this earth for no other reason. I was mesmerized. It was at an outdoor festival during a rain storm and I was cold, wet, and hungry, but nothing was going to move me from the spot where I stood. I felt like the postman – neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night was going to stop me from absorbing the brilliance of this musician.
I started wondering, can you lead through music? Of course you can. Think of the role music plays at UVA football games. Before the kickoff, the Star Spangled Banner unites everyone in the stadium despite their team alliance. As the game proceeds, the marching band revs up the crowd with their peppy pop repertoire. And then there’s the Good Old Song, set to the music of Auld Lang Syne. It’s reserved for when UVA scores, and it spurs Hoos on to embrace, sing, sway, and celebrate. Music literally leads the crowd to act as a team.
Music at church, weddings, and funerals lead us to rejoice, celebrate, and mourn. Songs can even inspire people to stand together in the face of adversity. A powerful example is the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights movement, “We Shall Overcome.”
I believe music has the power to uplift you, motivate you, inspire you, and lead you.
Music can change the world because it can change people. – Bono
Nicky Sanders of the Steep Canyon Rangers