The Colored Pencil of our World


Everyone knows of the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Through just one shot, a picture can easily convey a complex idea or story to anyone.

But if there’s a saying that says a picture is worth a thousand words, there should definitely be one that says a song is worth a thousand emotions.

From a young age, I have constantly been exposed to music. Whether it be playing the violin or singing in choir, music was a major part of my life as I was growing up. I liked music and thought it was awesome that people could express themselves through this form of art, but I don’t think I ever realized just how important music is to humankind. It’s like air. Everyone knows about it and everyone breathes it everyday, but it’s rare that people actually take a step back and appreciate how vital it is to our existence.

Cleaning Music

This was the same experience I had with music. It was not until a few days ago while discussing a certain line in Othello that I realized the value of music in our life. In Othello, Desdemona begins singing suddenly when she is getting ready for the night, awaiting her fate, as she knows she might be killed by her husband tonight. My English teacher then proceeded to ask the question, “Why do you guys think Shakespeare gave Desdemona singing part here?” I thought this was a stupid question at first. Obviously because she’s sad and it’s a way for her to express herself.

But as we started discussing more and more about her singing, I realized how the music was not only a way for her to express her emotions, but also a way to set the mood of the scene. It was a perfect place to put music. It was at that moment that I realized just how big music was. In every movie, music plays a huge part in building suspense or creating a certain atmosphere. A movie without music would be like a blank canvas. No feelings. No emotions. Also, the fact that Desdemona’s situation was able to be described perfectly in the song, a song that was supposed to be about someone else, shows the universality of music and how it can encompass thousands of different stories and emotions.

I feel kind of stupid for never realizing just how important music is to life. There’s some things in the world that you always live with and never realize or appreciate how vital it is. Music is definitely one such example. It’s not just something we can use to enjoy our life. It’s something that is necessary to give color to our world, like a colored pencil, filling in the white spaces of a drawing and giving life to an otherwise typical scene.

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