Sharing Music And The Modern Mix Tape – The True Power Of A Cultural Exchange

bestworldmusicof2015I wish I could recall the source of this information, but something that has always stood out to me is this…

When countries have a strong cultural exchange… and export and import music and the arts to each other, they have a much richer, deeper and more positive relationship. The simple act of sharing music and dance and the arts can and does often repair world relations.

When we talk about trade agreements, this should really be on the top of the list. How better to truly understand someone than not just walking in their shoes… but dancing in them… singing in them!

Music connects us like nothing else, and even if we do not understand the exact language or lyric… there is great power in a melody… in a chord… or even in one, single note.

How better to learn about and relate to another culture, than through music and song and dance… art and poetry…

And sharing music is perhaps the most essential part of this… and that does not mean file sharing! I am not advocating taking revenue away from artists who bust their ass to make some amazing music.

I am simply talking about word of mouth… a post on social media… or, the old-fashioned. OLD School way of having people over to your house… cranking up the stereo… and excitedly putting on a new song or album, for family and friends to hear.

Music is love. It is connection. It forms an emotional bond. A love song… a first dance… a first kiss… a first… well… the background to a night of romance… the soundtrack to a burgeoning relationship.

We track our relationships with song… and sadly, too often, our break ups. Music is there for the highs and lows. It is there to inspire and comfort.


I remember the days of the Mix Tape… Countless nights in High School and College… working with my turntable… dual cassette deck and eventual CD player…

I still put so much thought into sharing music with people… with making playlists for parties or… yes, I will admit… romance. If you are a regular reader of this blog you will hopefully recall my series Music To Make Love To

Music is a great seducer… and I hope that worked out for you in some small way.

And sharing music is like sharing kisses… hugs… gentle touches… warm embraces. Music, at least to me, is everything.

To quote High Fidelity, one of my favorite movies and especially “musically” based movies:
“First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.”


So that’s for the recorded world… but what about live music? I have written extensively about this… about the communal power of a live show… about experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment with someone you care about… or even a stadium or lawn full of strangers.

Every single concert is a unique being… Even if you have seen the artist multiple times, and their set list is very similar from show to show.

It’s about where you are mentally… both you and the band…
Where you are physically…

And knowing that each and every night there will be subtle differences, or major changes…
A surprise guest… a surprise reaction to a spontaneous moment… something new and exciting, if we are open to it.

Music is the great equalizer… the universal language… the precursor to the language of love…

Music brings us together… even when we are moving apart. Music is everything.

So share that band… post that song… support local artists… go to live music whenever and wherever you can.

The world is a pretty small and wonderful place, especially when we are all in the same rhythm… moving to the same beat… singing the same melody… and dancing, side by side, hand in hand, heart to heart.’

“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it… “  (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night)

And on and on and on…
And you tell two friends… and they’ll tell two friends…
And on and on and on…






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