Music brings people together


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Music fans listen to the band Blood, Sweat and Tears play at a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in Bethel, N.Y., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a series of events Thursday through Sunday at the bucolic 1969 concert site, 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Reed Smith

Music is a worldwide common ground. It affects every living person whether they want it to or not. Music does not discriminate against religion, race, age, ethnicity or nationality. Music does not see any of those things. I have yet to meet anyone who does not like music. A lot of the time they won’t like certain genres or songs, but never music as a whole. Music as a whole can’t not be liked. There are too many different genres to choose from. One’s opinion in music genre may be a separator, but it can also be a connector. For example, I am a white female from Birmingham, Alabama, and I love Alabama Shakes and Glass Animals. However, there could be a non-white male on the other side of the world who also loves Alabama Shakes and Glass Animals because music is a worldwide common ground. Religions and their practices vary quite a bit but they all have some form of song or lyrical chant. This trend continues in so many aspects of life across the planet. In today’s society, it is very easy to focus on all the things that make us different because it’s what’s advertised. I slip into this mindset sometimes too. It’s easy. We all have at least one thing in common though. We have music. No matter how the world and media tries to divide us, we will have that. It will continue to grow bigger and change bringing us closer to one another.