Medicinal Music

“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons.” – Dave Grohl

I just returned from a weekend in a small, sleepy beach town to see the great Xavier Rudd play live.

While I stood in the crowd listening to Xavier Rudd’s voice echo loudly through the speakers, I had an epiphany. I watched everyone around me singing along to every word. Some swayed softly with eyes closed while others danced energetically, smiling and laughing. I sung along with them and I felt united and connected to every single person there. It made me realize that music festivals are a kind of medicine, they heal us. They release us from the pains of life and provide us with a potent sense of connection. It’s why we keep going back to these music festivals, no matter how much they cost, no matter how far they may be, year after year. It’s its own type of therapy, an anti-depressant drug that offers no negative side effects.

Music is something we as human beings all understand, we all feel moved by. It’s the glue that binds us together and brings us closer. Certain songs have lifted me over a period of my life I genuinely couldn’t have gone through without them. How beautiful is that? What a thing to be grateful for.

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.”

– Haruki Murakami



  1. Many of my most profound thoughts have occurred in that blissful stream-of-conscious state that you can only enter while soaking in live music.. reading about the Xavier Rudd show reminded me of one particularly powerful experience I had watching Andrew Bird play at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as the sun dipped beneath the mountains all around us. It came at a time that my life was in great turmoil and I’d reached several forks in the road simultaneously. That moment helped me understand what I already knew deep inside, and it profoundly shaped everything I’ve done since.

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