The Art of Music

By Aash M.

Music has unlimited potential. It has the power to “Soothe a savage beast. To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.” Often considered the universal language, it has the capacity to form connections between people, change lives, and create emotion seemingly out of nowhere. The only thing that could hope to rival the overwhelming might of music is visual art. These benevolent titans permeate every aspect of our lives, from our daily commute to our recreation. Music and art are present everywhere.

Although they are very different, they are inevitably intertwined. Both music and visual artistry can help people to:

  • Conquer their struggles
  • Heal their minds
  • Release pent up emotions
  • Creatively express themselves

Due to their shared purpose of creative expression, it seems obvious that art and music will continue to play a role in developing each other. We see numerous examples of this happening. For instance, famous musicians such as David Bowie and recent Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan, pursued their artistic inclinations and made art along with their world-renowned music. Bowie dabbled in various mediums from sculpture to photography, but his true calling seemed to be painting. He was inspired by Cubism and the work of artists like Edvard Munch. Dylan, similarly, created many beautiful watercolor pieces that were exhibited in galleries around the world.

Even in my personal experience, I usually enjoy listening to music when drawing or painting. I find that it helps clear my mind and let go of my worries for a little while. Different kinds of music make me feel different emotions, inspiring me to create vastly different works of art.

Try this in your free time:
Put on your favorite music and sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and simply let your hand wander around the paper and doodle whatever comes to mind. I do this often as a stress-relieving exercise and the results often surprise me… in a good way. Music and visual art are much more interconnected than some people think. Recognizing the effect they have on each other is the first step to creating great works in both genres.