I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold in in my arms and keep it company
I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
Ah, peace throughout the land.
As you may have guessed, I (The Rock Chick!) love music. I’m thrilled when it speaks to my emotions by making me scream, laugh, cry or sing along. Sometimes music even causes a physical response by not allowing me to sit still one second longer. Hey, when the dance floor calls, I gotta go!
Music contains its own grammar and logic and communicates thoughts and feelings through vocal and instrumental sounds and written symbols. It is indeed a language and is sometimes even called the “universal language”. While music’s many cultural accents may sound incredibly different, they all use rhythms, melodies and harmonies.
I used to sing alto in a four person a cappella group. The human voice is only capable of singing one pitch at a time, so each person in the group would contribute a different pitch. When combined, these individual pitches would form a chord and chords sound much richer than any individual tone on its own.
But, a person can not sing a chord by themselves. They need others to sing the different pitches at the same time. It’s the combination of the differences that make the whole. If everyone is out there singing the same note, there is no harmony and there are no chords.
Today is Blog Blast For Peace and I wish that everyone would just take an extra moment and listen to what other people are singing. It might be different than what you’ve chosen or what you are capable of singing and that’s great! Nobody wants to listen to a choir of sopranos singing the same note for any length of time.
We need the world’s different pitches to achieve perfect harmony and I believe it can be done. We just have to listen. Just because the sounds are different, doesn’t mean they can’t be complementary and go hand in hand.
So, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.