Author: Becky Thompson

The lessons from Avicii

The lessons from Avicii

On the 20th of April, 2018 Tim bergling known popularly by his stage names was dead, cause of death;  Suicide.

It is sad that a man who has continued to lift others with deep reaching sounds couldn’t get his own uplifting songs to help him when he needed it.

Avicii was a Swedish musician, a DJ and a remixer who grew to be loved by millions all over the world while making his million bucks.

The young artist who touched the lives of millions with his works and philanthropy started his career quite early, by posting his remixes on electronic music forums at the age of 16,and not long from then had his first record deal.

Avicii was nominated for a Grammy for his work with fellow DJ David Guetta and was being recognized as one of the DJ’s who ushered in electronic music and made it quite popular in the 2010’s.

Yet what was so special about this young man who touched the lives of people on and off concerts,  on radio and when they didn’t listen to his voice or songs.

His album True contained songs like wake me up which touched the lives of people all over the world especially young people who felt lost.

The song tries to make young people understand that sometimes, somehow it is okay not to have a sense of direction or a place of destination but it is okay to start.  It is best to start and take life as it comes, making it fun to live.  And while the older generation, the ones who have seen everything are keen to chastise the young for failing to have a sense of direction, for failing to take life as serious as they hoped,  the song hoped that the young feel contented in living life as it comes . The young would be warned as about potential regrets later in life, but the key is to enjoy living life while you still have it.

He might be seen to just finding his place in life but he doesn’t see it like that, for him he has to enjoy what he faces in life.  And even when he tries to be like everyone worrying about life, he sees it’s futility .

Life is short, should be lived fully

Yet how did this young man whose songs sounded cryptic but whose videos showed a man who wasn’t afraid of facing life lying fead at the young age from suicide.

He retired early from performing and touring because he felt mentally drained and unable to continue. But he reassured fans he was back to the studio making music.  His health issues continued to follow him heavily especially after he had acute pancreatitis and had his gallbladder and appendix removed.

His lack of fear for the vicissitudes of life and enjoying the little pleasures of life like a bottle of scotch caught up with him.

But Avicii who gave his fans great lyrics to live for ensured he not only touched people with his music but touched them with his philanthropy work.

His house for hunger was a charity that gave back to the world. While he continued to live life to the fullest he made sure someone somewhere had the chance to just live life .

Avicii might be gone but his powerful lyrics remind us how precious life is , and how we must continue to give back.

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

What is music seems a rhetorical question or at best a question with many parts and many answers. But this question is asked because it needs answers maybe at the end of this, I might get some answers or maybe o would get ‘the Answer’ if it exists.

Music has always been since the beginning of the World.  If you believe in creation by the Jewish /Christian narrative, you would believe music came even before the world. And is the Big Bang itself not music?

So why do we try to define what music is, if it is older than us all.

Just maybe because music Is personal , you might be in a crowd thumping to music blaring from Sound Speakers or from the guitar of a hyped up band member and still personalise your experience of the song

Music is everywhere and everything.  It is said that Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. The key word here is emotions, because while music is an expression of music it also elicits emotions.  No matter what the emotion is,  could be revolution, could be introspective, could be romantic, could be depressing, could be inspirational could elicit emotions of adoration but what is key is that music expresses music and then elicits music..

Yet no matter the expression of music, it still holds a personal meaning to different people. Some forms of music or a song could elicit a different feeling for different people,  a good example is the fact that the song by Passenger about letting go could be seen as admonishing one or reassuring him of his decision to break it off with a partner, yet the same song could allow someone mourn the loss of a loved one or an unavoidable break up and could just be a sad song for one who isn’t in a relationship but feels the need not to hold on for too long once he is in one.

The song portrays the same message but elicits different yet strong emotions in 3 different people.

That is the power of music.

But music isn’t all about messages, dance hall songs and feel good songs elicit emotions even if not deep seated ones. They make you move your legs, they make the world less serious and make you giddy with laughter while it is on .

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YBut music isn’t all about singing ,tapping ,playing musical instruments and clapping are music as long as there is a rhythm.

Music is a link to the future and the vehicle to the past.  Music is memory, the good and bad.  Music is root.

Music would always revolve, different stories would be told by Musicians as the year goes by, different emotions would be expressed and elicited but music would always be music.

Just because music is a thing of the heart.

Music is enjoyed by making it, listening to it or by creating it by composing it.

No matter where you are or what you are facing there is a special song, rendition , tune created just to pull you through the dark nights or make you enjoy the bright sun.

Just listen to it.