“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
– Victor Hugo
After viewing a new Australian drama series last night – Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, I started thinking about music and how it can draw you back into time.
The series is set in the 70s and has an array of music from the era, some from iconic Australian artists. The flashbacks to Countdown – an Australian music show of the day, cemented the period in my mind.
I grew up in the 70s listening to all that music. The radio was always on so I knew the latest hits. I think I know most of the words to the songs as well.
The group, Sherbet, who made the song “Howzat” famous, was a firm favourite of mine. I still have my old scrap book with pictures and posters of them and others of fame.
But it’s the music that seeps into your subconscious. When played, it can take you back to your youth. You remember the daggy haircuts and clothes. You remember the laughter and friendships.
Life wasn’t always good but the music could ease you out of the doldrums. Singing or humming a catchy song was somehow comforting.
Even today, I like all types of music. I enjoy listening to a happy melody, a soulful ballad or a classic tune, depending on my mood.
The ability to be lost in the music gives pause to reality and briefly, one can experience the freedom of the moment.
Plato says it well.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”