So the other day, I was listening to the Man of Steel official film soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. Yes I know. Definitely not winning any “cool guy” points with that opening line. It’s a beautiful score. Especially the main theme, which starts off with a soft and emotional piano line before exploding into the fan-fare and bluster that marks many of Zimmer’s scores and, in my opinion, symbolizes the humble beginnings of Clark Kent in Smallville, Kansas through his evolution into Superman. It’s good stuff and by the end of the piece, I’m all pumped up and ready to fly myself
But why am I revealing to you my childlike and most definitely female-repelling obsession with superheroes and superhero movies? Because it never ceases to amaze me how, despite all of the technology and distractions in our modern world, nothing cuts to the core of our humanity like music does. We don’t agree on much as a society these days, but everyone has a favorite song they turn to when they are feeling happy, sad, nostalgic, or need to feel like they can fly.
That’s what being a musician is all about: exploring that deep and magical connection that happens when performer and audience are locked in with each other. As musicians, we owe it to ourselves to use our abilities to reach out to someone listening and transport them, at least for a little while, somewhere else. Maybe to a happier moment, or to a time when they were younger, or just allowing them to get lost in the music itself.
It’s a great power we have, but as Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker: “With great power comes great responsibility.” And that’s what we do here with Musicians on a Mission. We use the power of music to inspire giving and goodwill. We use our skills to raise money for local causes that need support. But most of all, we play our music to lift the spirits of those who need it most.
There are plenty of people in our community that could use a pick me up. And the great thing is that you have the power to provide it. In the end, isn’t that all that matters?