Lately, I’ve been really into music. I’ve even made it a main topic on this blog. I’ve always loved music but I feel like since a year or so I’ve been appreciating it much more than I used to. I bought a record player, started a physical music collection and went to see some of my favourite artists live. It made me realise how magical and wonderful music really is. That realisation hit me even more during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester attack.
That realisation hit me even more during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester attack. That night made really clear how unifying music can be, even in times of absolute horror. So many people came together to pay tribute to the ones who lost their lives during Ariana Grande’s concert, to send a message out to the world that it will not get them down. And to do so music was the main ingredient. It was such a beautiful concert that made me really emotional. Because of the reason behind it, but also because of the great line-up and the amazing performances. Coldplay left me with goosebumps when they performed Don’t look back in anger and Fix you (although Coldplay always tend to give me goosebumps).
I found Robbie Williams really good as well, changing the lyrics from his song ‘Strong’ to ‘Manchester we’re strong. We’re still singing our songs’. Hearing 60.000 people chant that was just incredible. Those are just two memorable moments of this fantastic concert that I will probably never forget. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you to watch it back.
That concert made me want to write this post. I just can’t believe how magical music really is. Besides the fact that it can unify people, it can also transport you back to a certain moment or a certain place, it can bring you comfort in a difficult time, it can make you extremely happy, it can do so bloody much. And I think that is just magnificent. Music might just be the greatest thing in this world and also just what we need in times like these.
It’s crazy how happy it makes me when I get a new record on vinyl or a new CD. Or even when it’s Friday and I can listen to the New Friday Music playlist on Spotify with all the new releases. Or how excited I get when I go to a concert, and when I play back the videos I made at that particular concert. Some of the happiest moments are when I’m home alone and can sing along to my favourite songs very loudly. Some might say what’s the big deal; it’s just words and a melody?! But to me, it is so much more. And of course I’m listening to music while I’m writing this. I have one of my favourite albums of all time spinning on my record player right now: Parachutes by Coldplay, and I’m loving every minute of it.