Kyle Cooke (22) graduates in December 2016 from William Paterson University with BA in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Music Management. During the day he spends his time in class, working as a media technician for the University, and interning for Gummybear International Inc./OK! Goods Records/Radikal Records. By night, he is a passionate musician with a solo project as well as two full bands: American Weird Beers and Olive & The Pitz.
Music: The Life Changing Artform
Music is one of the most powerful art forms in all of humankind. What makes music so powerful? Why does it have such a strong emotional impact on us as humans? Where is the line between what should and should not be considered “music”? There is no clear-cut way to answer these questions, but we are constantly and unmistakably reminded of the power of music just by existing on this earth.
Music has been around for as long as history has been recorded. Before instruments, humans would just use their voices to sing and their bodies to make rhythmic sounds. The extensive history of music and it’s cultural impact is truly vast and extensive; some people have spent their whole lives studying it. I’m not going to go off on some long history lesson about music, rather I will stick to it’s relevance in modern day society.
Music In Film
For me, the true power of music as an art-form shines through when it is accompanied by a powerful image. In modern cinema, there are countless examples of excellent use of music. The music of a film can completely change the tone, or evoke a specific emotion; even completely ruin the movie. It is difficult to pick just one film to show as an example of this, however I have chosen to highlight the film “The Visitor”. This is not a movie that revolves around music. However, music plays such a large roll in the film, creating a completely different film than what it would have been without the power of music.
To put it briefly, the main character meets two strangers and his passion for people and music is reignited when one of the strangers teaches him to play the djembe. The lesson that is taught by the film is that “we are all connected”. It is the power of music that draws every single major character together in this film, for a greater and more important purpose than themselves. The true power is exposed when it brings people together, and “The Visitor” does an incredible job of showing this.
It is my dream to one day be a music supervisor for film and television for these exact reasons. Film is such a powerful tool in today’s day and age, and therefore music can play an incredibly important role in it. When music transforms a film, it can even launch an artist’s career. This is an incredible opportunity given to television and film makers that can perhaps be neglected. It is my goal to one day expose unknown talent to the world this way.
So many people today will say, “music changed my life.” This is a strong statement, and it can often be misunderstood. Despite the boldness of the statement, I find that in many cases that is the truest thing anyone can ever say. The impact that music has on our individuals lives is something that can’t be measured or understood, only appreciated. That being said, I have decided to make a collection of songs that changed my life:
As a musician, music holds a special place in my heart. Playing music can be an incredible experience, unlike anything I could describe. For those of you who don’t play music, there is always a way and I highly recommend that you try. It is something that anyone can do, there is an instrument out there for everyone. If all else fails, do what they did in the dark ages and just use your voice! There are very few things that create the same kind of feeling. Who knows, you might one day find that playing it changed your life.