March 29, 2021

Symbols are found all over our world. We display religious symbols as a reminder of our faith or our ideals, but another most common place to find them is in stories. A character or object can symbolize an idea, or the story itself can symbolize a way of thinking, such as Greek myths. So then, a story can have many different layers of symbols.

I think this is relevant to music because our choice of instruments can symbolize something else in our world, such as percussion being a symbol of the earth or the flute being a symbol of the wind. Nowadays we have many options for instruments and sounds. So you could say that a piano sound on a keyboard is used to symbolize the almost perfect version of a real, acoustic piano. Your recording of a song in perhaps its demo form is a symbol of the song recorded in its high-budget version.

But if we only talk about our music as being a symbol of its better version, are we missing the point about what the music is itself? The funniest part about music is no one really knows what it is. Some people have ideas about its definition, but there is no real universal agreement about it.

So we might be safe to say that music is a symbol of something else, and that something else is simply unknown. It is possibly a symbol of the energy that flows through us, or it is a symbol of the vibrations that are taking place at every moment in this planet. Maybe it is a symbol of a past breakup or newfound joy? Music is symbolizing something, and that act of creating the symbol is a form of beauty in itself.

If you make music, you might want to consider some of these ideas the next time you look to your instruments as being subpar or denigrate demos as being insignificant. And a whole other matter would be to view these works simply by how others receive them. See this work on the larger scale as an expression of these forces, simply unknown.

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