Ok. I know this is an Autism-based blog, but I have to deviate a little and post a writing prompt that was posed to me earlier today. The prompt was, “WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES YOU?” Here are my response and thoughts:
WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES YOU?
There really is no one genre of music that I can say for sure is all my inspiration. It really depends on my mood and frame of mind. If I am in a kind of shitty mood, it’s Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds. I get pumped up by listening to Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin…but mostly Floyd. I listen to the Beatles a lot too. Music is a powerful thing. It can make or break a day. I know there are some songs that put me in a bummed mood. WISH YOU WERE HERE by Pink Floyd always gets to me. It reminds me of death…my grandfather, in particular and how much I miss him. Whereas other songs like THREE LITTLE BIRDS by Bob Marley, I listen to on those days when I feel like it’s useless and nothing is going my way. A few lyrics in particular inspire me to keep going. Among those lines are “Don’t worry ’bout a thing. Every little thing gonna be alright”. I don’t know what it is, but music, to me, is the closest thing that we will ever get to peace and harmony on Earth. Think of songs like HEY JUDE by The Beatles. Anywhere in the world, even in the most deprived countries on Earth, I guarantee you everyone knows the “Na Na Na Na” part. Music has this almost mystical power to kind of bring people together and react that you normally wouldn’t do. Music is a driving force in my life, even though I do not play any instruments. It is a huge part of who I am and I cannot imagine my life music-less. I can feel like my world is absolute shit and nothing is worth caring about, but once I put on a song I like, my whole perspective and persona changes. Music can bring me from “Fuck this” and “Why am I here?” to “Well maybe this isn’t so bad” or “I can make a difference.” within a matter of minutes Music’s influences on my life and mood are indescribable. I feel like I would be almost insulting the bands that influence me if I didn’t say that their music is timeless and transcends language barriers. I am inspired to get up every day on the grounds that I hear another song I like to add to my collection. So to the musicians that have touched my life: Thank you.