2016 was a very loud year, especially in politics. It was loud with attacks and with rude political discussions. Last year ended with the attack in Paris, this year we had attacks in Brussels, Nice, Berlin and there was an attempted putsch in Turkey, followed by repression of everyone with a different opinion. The whole world was watching Clinton and Trump on their way to the elections. Putin was loud in bombing hospitals in Syria. We still hear the screaming of people in Aleppo.
2016 was a very silent year too, with many great artists that passed away. End of last year it started with Lemmy, this year David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and many more followed.
The holiday season is always connected with peace. But how can we search for peace in a world that is so loud? In a world where silence reminds you of death?
Maybe we have to bring more silence in our everyday life. Silence to reflect on what we are doing, where we want to go, how we want the world to look like. The question remains, how we can find silence in a world that is so loud.
Music might give us an answer. We can honour the deceased musicians by playing their music, by taking them as inspiration. The role of music is not only to entertain. Music also lifts people up, music helps the musician to deal with bad stuff, like loud politics. Music can be stronger and louder than politics! Music is contagious, from a small choir on the street to an arena shows of Bruce Springsteen.
“We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
For the holidays, I wish you all peace and music!