For all the seasoned musical veterans reading this blog, you can probably imagine Marvin Gaye singing those first five words and be able to IMMEDIATELY end the phrase. Marvin Gaye knew what he needed when he got that feeling. YOU knew what Marvin Gaye needed when he got that feeling. The whole world knew what Marvin Gaye needed when he got that feeling. Music is closely tied in to your emotions. The right song can make you happy, sad, laugh, cry, dance, ponder, amorous, scared, excited, or a whole host of other feelings. So think about your own music. When people hear your music, what feeling do they get? Do they feel anything? Don’t get it wrong, there is a time and place for technique and education, but when it comes down to it, music should equate to a feeling. One note played/sung by the right person at the right time and held for just the right amount of time can do more than a blur of notes played at top speed within a minute. While the latter is technically impressive, the former achieves what all musicians hope to achieve… an emotional connection. Your music should have the power to connect to the human spirit and invoke at least one feeling. If it’s not doing that, then it’s just notes on paper.
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