Column: The Blur Between Life and Music

Life is best spent in the simplest, humble way.

Like Haruka Nishimatsu, then-CEO of Japan Airlines; Manny Pacquiao, world-acclaimed Philippine boxer; and Mang Alfredo Manuel, a qualified-teacher-turned-scavenger, they see life as a complicated route where mishaps frequented—but they choose to rise from it, and stay humble, even they stumbled upon the way. As believe in Zen, a guide on way of living, simple life should “eliminate all but the essential.” In the case of Nishimatsu and Mang Manuel, they live meekly as possible. Though Pacquiao’s wealth is there, his humbleness, at least, makes him still a simple man.

Most of the time, when we reach adulthood, we forget the joys of life. We become this shell of a person, occupied by work, and living a life just to die from it. We should think like a child—appreciative on simple and small things in life. Like a child, we should strive for happiness and therefore thrive from it. It’s one of the reasons why we should rejoice we experience life.


I think music transcends words better.

Jonas Cano, a gifted special child, thrives with his scrap-assembled drum set, while Joshua Bell, an internationally-acclaimed violinist, proves to be a master at his trade. Both men are incomparable, but if there’s one thing similar between them, it is their passion to music.

In music, they found the bloom of life.

Because with music, we understand things even words couldn’t convey. Haven’t you notice it? As said on an essay I once read, a life with no melodies and harmonies is empty—void of anything. And it’s a wrong way to live a life. If oxygen provides life, then, music gives color in that life. So it’s a refreshing thing to see people revived by music; they seem to enliven ethereally; a shade lighter compare to the gloomy atmosphere they had harbored in for so long.

Bottom line is: music is life, and life is music. As Albert Einstein said it, “I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see life in terms of music.”


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