What is beauty?
We experience it physically, mentally, and emotionally. Music and writing may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of such a word, but we encourage you to take a second look. Music is beautiful because it provides an outlet for many, and it allows many to find their voice. We interviewed a few young up-and-coming writers and singers and found beauty in their answers. For instance, take a glance at 26-year-old Terry Levy from Carthage, Mississippi. We asked him when he got into music and when he realized it was more than just an interest, to which Terry stated, “I got into music at a very young age; I’d say around age six. I knew that music was more than just something I liked when I would spend my entire day singing and listening to artists. Music has always been my escape.” ‘Escape’ is the key term in his answer. If you have ever felt like the weight of the world was on your shoulders, isn’t a beautiful thing to feel it lift off, and music can do just that. When asked what interests him most about the industry, Terry answered, “The fact that it’s so diverse. I feel as though there’s a platform for anyone who works hard at their craft.” We asked him to pick one word that describes what music means to him and why. He stated, “’Freedom’ and that’s simply because music gives me the authority to be unapologetically me.”
Twenty-six-year-old Connie Marquez from Ontario, California is an incredible writer whose poems often sound like rap. When asked when she started writing and why, Connie answered, “I didn’t really get into writing more until I got older and I don’t know if that’s because as you get older you go through more things and so you feel the need to write. Especially this time in my life, I feel like I have gotten more into the craft of writing. I have always been a pretty private person, so with poetry I can say whatever I want and no one can say anything because its my poetry, my experience. I want people to hear it because I think people enjoy it; people love music, and this is like another art form of music. It’s important to share your thoughts because people can relate and then in turn you can gain some kind of validity.” In all this art, beauty manages to find its way through the cracks, expressing itself through words.
Lastly, I feel the need to mention a young girl by the name of Katie Hunsaker. She isn’t a singer, songwriter, or hidden legend. However, she knows the beauty of music. She currently spent seven weeks in a hospital due to heart issues. Why could she still laugh? Why did she have a positive attitude that was contagious? Although each day was full of uncertainty and waiting, there was one thing that stayed the same and that was her headphones. They were hanging from her ear, day in and day out, almost as if attached to her. It was her way of coping with the reality of the world around her, while still allowing her to escape when it became too much. Music and writing help us to ‘relate’ as Connie said. They help us, according to Terry, to have ‘freedom.’ Isn’t that what this world needs? Beauty is undeniable and that gives us strength we never knew we had.