In this essay, Living With Music, Ralph Ellison speaks of the significance of music in a person’s life. He presents the contributions that it provides, such as giving people comprehending, order, and significance, while it likewise assists us form our own special social and cultural identity.
To start with, Ellison describes his very first experiences with music. During his childhood years, he played a brass horn. He remembers how his music instructor and tradition says to play what he heard and felt around him, but like many music teachers do, they stress the value of playing what a person is expected to hear and feel, making music so unenthusiastic.
He remembers of the deafening and shrieking noises he made, rather of playing a smooth flow of notes. Like the majority of kids, he eventually quit on playing the instrument, for he found it dead and a bore.
It was later on in his life that he met up with music again.
He had a neighbor that lived on top of his apartment. Her notes, apparently, were off, and sometimes she would shriek. To get back at her, he bought a speaker system, which he used to drown and to contradict her “music.” Only when he moved away to a new apartment was when he realized that he missed the music that he heard.
Ralph Ellison apprehended the power of music. He realized that music can is a constant reminder of your past and of whom you were, while it reminds us of our aspirations.
At the same time, it is an escape. It helps to drown the troubles in life, as he did to drown the horrible notes that his neighbor sung. Music will not only calm when one is troubled, it will resurrect and liven him.