The Power of Music

I'm a firm believer in the power of music. We've had discussions around our home lately as to the importance of music, and whether it can make a difference in one's non-musical profession. I grew up playing the trumpet (I also tried my hands at drums and tuba, albeit unsuccessfully). Since then, I've also tried to learn the piano and guitar. Unfortunately, the last time I picked up my trumpet to play for anyone outside of my immediate family was a solo that I played at my High School graduation. If you were to ask me today what I play, my response would simply be, "the iPod".

So has music made a positive impact in my technology profession? I would argue "absolutely". Here's why.

There's much more to music than just learning the mechanics of how airflow, values and strings work. There's rhythm, tempo, beat, cadence, vigor, tone... and much, much more. You could be amazing at strumming your fingers across the strings of a guitar, but if you don't understand music theory, it's all for naught. I believe the same principals apply to your profession, my profession, and all professions.

I have no scientific proof or data to back this up, but I would suggest that if you look at the majority of successful individuals in their respective field of study and profession, I think you'll find that the vast majority have at least studied (and likely gained an appreciation for) music theory at some point in their lives. Music, after all, is an art form, and whether you believe it or not, every professional in their industry has the potential to succeed greater than their counterpart if they, too, look at their profession as an art form.

I believe that music is one of a very few external influences that have a deep and emotional impact on our character and actions... to the depth of our very soul. In other words, good music in, good actions out. Bad music in... you get the idea.

Dedication. Honor. Obedience. Timing. Respect. Professionalism. Patience. Devotion. Diligence. Grace. Attention to detail. These are just a few things that I learned from music that I apply in my profession every single day.

Don't take for granted the power of music.

As a side note, this post was composed while listening to this and this.

Posted on January 7, 2014 and filed under Opinion.