I know that for as far back as my memory will take me, music has always been a central part of my life. Throughout elementary and middle school, hour-long car rides on the weekend to Chinese school, piano lessons and art classes consisted of listening to endless tracks of my dad's favorites: The Beatles, ABBA, Elton John and other oldies. I also played the piano starting at the age of 5 and continued for many years until I switched to the violin in 8th grade, transitioning from playing mostly solos and duets to playing in an orchestra. Suffice it to say that even if I wanted to escape music, I couldn't. And for these reasons, it became my escape.
Some new bands were starting to form and made heavy metal music rather than basic rock music. Rock music become more progressive and went from hard rock, to progressive rock, to heavy metal. Led Zeppelin was an English heavy metal band formed in London, England in How could a British group object to a war in which they had no direct stake?
In , Lollapalooza, a multi city touring festival in the United States, highlighting alternative culture changed how music was consumed from there on forward. With the popularity of the festival and the highlighting of the alternative culture it represented the music industry took note, not long after the festival and explosion of alternative music hit mainstream. Music therapy was once used as an alternative choice for therapy, but as we grow in time, music therapy is being used more and more.
A musical melody can trigger thoughts and memories of a favorite place, person or event. Music is a universal language that can be shared with people everywhere. This is one of the many reasons I am passionate about sharing my God-given talent with people in different venues, including concert halls, churches, people's homes or stages.