Recently I was approached by some folks involved with the Hear the World initiative, which is dedicated to discussing the topic of hearing and hearing loss – an issue that affects 16% of the world’s population. They’ve been working with music icons for the past three years to raise awareness about the importance of hearing while also educating the public about the consequences of hearing loss.
I was asked to help spread the word about a contest they’re having, and of course my answer was an emphatic yes…for many reasons which I’ll detail for you later. If you’d like to get an early jump on the specifics of the contest go check the details, but be sure to come back here Sunday for more personal info from me when I post the Scoop. (Hint: Photos are involved. Prizes are good. Subject is important, and everyone can help.)
For today, though…your assignment is slightly different than usual. See, the five artists whose songs I’ve added below are all Ambassadors for the Hear the World initiative. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d heard all of these songs already, and these voices are instantly recognizable. Today, I’ll ask you to listen again with “new ears”. Not for whether you like them; not for the specifics of musicianship or artistry. Listen to the SOUNDS. Separate the layers consciously as you hear them. Enjoy every beat; every melody. Think about what that means…what an awesome gift that is!
To my mind…when you consider everything in context…there is no bad music. Every single bit of it is beautiful. (Yes…even *gulp* Electronica.)
G’head and comment on the songs per usual, but I hope you’ll think about what you’re hearing throughout the rest of this weekend. Sounds you love; sounds you normally miss in the hustle of the day. Sounds you regret not hearing more often. Think about the people in your life who have challenges with hearing.
Then come back Sunday. We’ll compare notes. But for now…enjoy the music. 😉