“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche was a controversial writer, but this statement rings true for all of us. Music is powerful and is enjoyed by almost every person alive. We all have a favorite genre or artist, and music seems capable of transporting us to places we never imagined possible. It is hard to conceive of a world without music.
What’s more, the next great musician might be just next door! Every community has local bands and musicians who are just getting started and are developing their skills. As a member of your community, you can help local talent be recognized and grow. There are quite a few reasons why it’s a good idea to invest in local bands and musicians, even if it isn’t something you have done in the past.
Bands and musicians in your area have something in common with you. There’s a good chance that their experiences and surroundings are similar to your own, simply because you live close to them. As a result, you can often find something to enjoy about their music just because of the things you have in common.
Music also brings people together. As you discover and experience local talent, you’ll meet other people who are doing the same thing. New friends will teach you about yourself and expand your horizons. For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to give your local artists your support. Their music tells something about them, but it also tells something about the community you live in. When a community supports its artists, everyone benefits.
Mass-produced music is something many of us have in common. The media chooses songs that we all consume and listen to and know. In the buzz and bustle of life, it’s easy to miss the uniqueness that comes from seeing local artists perform in their own communities. They share their love for creating music more closely, and there’s a good chance that there are people near you who play the exact same kinds of music you like. You get to experience their passion for music up close.
As communities encourage the growth of local talent, the whole community grows. There’s always a chance that someone from your community will end up becoming a major artist, which places you and everyone around you on the national or even worldwide stage. Cities with street performers and lots of local talent are viewed in higher regard and become attractions for outside interest.
It shouldn’t be too hard to imagine what it would be like to just be starting out on your own as a musician. You’d feel nervous, anxious, and unsure of yourself. Having the encouragement of those around you could be just what you needed to break out. So even if you’re not musically inclined yourself, you can choose to be that support for someone else. You can help bring someone else’s passion to life, and in so doing, find a whole new passion yourself.