Of all the arts, music is the most capable of evoking emotions. Whether it is joy, overwhelm, serenity, excitement, melancholy… no emotion is absent from the music palette, and there is no one who has not experienced a special feeling when listening to a special song. Certain pieces of music arouse emotion as they are linked to significant moments in our life. This case is simple to explain: music evokes memories and these, in turn, evoke emotions.
Billie Eilish released a new song called “Your Power”. This song has an important meaning for her and the words “Try not to use your power” sung to a Feist-y melody are accompanied by a soft guitar background sound, which transports us in her most intimate feelings. The completed record remains as soft, pretty, and devastatingly sad as the preview audio. In the clip, a slow pan across a mountainside in the Simi Valley reveals Eilish in the clutches of a gigantic snake, somebody specified that it’s an 80-pound anaconda.
In the song we can hear her melodic/harmonic sensibility, infact, most of her fans are impressed how much it sounds like her for being such a departure from her signature sound.
Earlier last week (April 26), she also shared a 15-second clip of the title track, and officially announced the forthcoming album on April 27.
“This is my favorite thing i’ve ever created and i am so excited and nervous and EAGER for you to hear it,” she writes in an Instagram post. “I can’t even tell you. i’ve never felt so much love for a project than i do for this one. hope you feel what i feel.”
The song talks about her abusive relationship when she was only 16, and how it has mentally destroyed her over the years. The artist hopes that this song can bring changes and reflections in her life.
All this suggests that music “speaks” to parts of us that we have in common simply as human beings, regardless of sex, experience, knowledge, education, wealth, musical education, tastes, tendencies…
Why? What is special about this art? What parts of us does it speak so loudly? And how does it do it? Simply, music is the first and only universal language. Sometimes the question is right, but it is asked incorrectly, because music does not have a function, music does not mean anything, it simply finds its reason for existing in itself and live in others minds and emotions.
Music for many people heals their wounds and gives them the power to stand up and face the world, as Billie does. With sounds that stimulate our emotions she connects us to each other, she makes us feel and understand what others are feeling and what they are going through.
Nagit Gabriela 3^AL