Last week, I listened to the famous song “The Sound of Silence” in the listening class. It was splendid, I think. But it kept me up at night because of the melody planted in my brain and the lyrics which I thought of over and over.
I have ever listened to the song since I was in the middle school. At that time, since I was too young to understand the meaning of the lyrics, I just felt the song was soft but a little bit depressing. But now I listen to it again and understand some of the lyrics, and I find something meaningful from the lyrics.
The song described a vision that the public were involved in the silence and indifference. They didn’t dare face the reality of the society (such as the poor in the subway or slum) and only prayed to the neon(what is the meaning?) god they made. The singer thought it was extremely abnormal, so he wrote this song in the hope that people would recognize the fact and break the silence and injustice.
It came to me that it is really a classic. It not only has a wonderful melody, sung by a popular singer, but also the meaningful and touching lyrics can arouse people to meditate.
To some people, music is a fashion. They keep listening to the latest songs and buying the latest albums in order to show they are in. To other people, music is just an entertainment. They don’t choose what song they listen to. They want to spend time in listening to music, no matter the song is good or not.
To me, music is a good friend. When I am happy, it makes me feel happier; when I am sad, it lifts me in spirits; when I am upset, it cheers me on; when I am confused, it guides me; when I am lonely, it accompanies me.
To me, music is a philosopher. While listening to music, I feel I am talking to a philosopher. He helps me enhance my knowledge, broaden my horizon and mine accumulated wisdom and insight.
He doesn’t tell you something clearly and directly. You need to guess, think and meditate.
Finally, my philosophy about music is simple;” We should listen to music not only with our ears, but also with our soul.”