Resonation of Sound and Emotion

30 Days of Writing Challenge: Day 8 “The Power of Music”

I can tell you that I think today’s title is a bit cheesy. I mean, let’s be real. ‘Resonation of Sound and Emotion’? But I do find the title doing justice to what I’m about to write.

I’ve always loved music. I mean, I didn’t write “lover of tunes” in my bio for nothing. I even used @Mewseeshan (read: musician) as my Twitter handle. But that’s just stating the obvious. I will not go on about how “I cannot live without music” because I’m actually sure that I could, but maybe just not as complete as I’ll be with the help of music.

I always defined language as sounds that express your thoughts and feelings. I think music is no less than another form of language. It translates emotions well. I sometimes describe the way I feel when I am at a loss of words by sound. It does not necessarily have to be a ‘melodic’ one. It’s like a sigh, a breath of relief, a grunt, a tongue-click, etc. In a more ‘musical’ sense, certain chords and how they relate to each other make up a story of its own, much like how one word accompanied another makes a sentence, connected to another to become a story. Like how a ‘word’ is supposed to represent something depends on the other words that complete the sentence, the same law goes to sounds. Also, how letters next to each other can make up a word, notes joined together creates chords.

Do you know how some words do not translate well into another language? Like komorebi (sunlight streaming through the trees) in Japanese and saujana (as far as the eyes can see) in Bahasa Indonesia. Some sounds, to me, are like that. Not translated well into words, or at least the words I know in my vocabulary. Or was it based on my inability to say or write my feelings because I get very nervous? I’m not sure.

But there’s something about playing the piano that helps me let the emotions out of my system. The chords I pressed from the black-white keys, the lonely notes, and the melody. It expresses my feelings. Not just that, you don’t need to learn how to speak the language to try to understand it. You just know and feel it.

In a way, I think music is a very good way to tell stories. You can even add lyrics to emphasize the feelings. Much like how sounds complement words, music is also complemented by words. Music holds power, that’s for sure.

I think the lyrics to this song describes my feelings toward music a lot:

“No one knows me like the piano in my mother’s home, you would show me I had something some people call a soul” — (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano by Sampha

There is also a personal view that I held for music. Sometimes I’d try to listen to music as a form of escape. But the moment I heard the right lyrics, I was reminded to “go back to the right track” or just as simple as feeling like I wasn’t alone because somebody else is feeling the same things I am feeling.

“I know you’re feeling like you’re all alone, but I feel it too” — I Feel It Too by The Academic

I thank music for helping say the things I couldn’t say. It doesn’t mean I’ll never try to say it with words, but at least with music, I can try to understand what I was actually feeling at that moment. So, at a later point in my life, I’ll translate it better with words.

My favorite corner of the room.

It helps, it really does.

— Nathania S. Alexandra, 2021

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Nathania S. Alexandra

Nathania S. Alexandra

A story-teller and lover of tunes. Also known as Nathantania and mewseeshan.