Two black keys. Three black keys. Two black keys followed by three black keys. These are the sharps and the flats. A D sharp is an E flat. It’s the same note, but it has two different names. That’s the thing about languages. They are many ways to say the same thing, but how do we choose to express the note?

It’s the same with how we choose to express ourselves. Why have we chosen to say the things that we have said when there probably is another–perhaps even better–way to say it?

A song can be arranged many different ways. It can be written many different ways. Some songs are arranged, rearranged, interpreted and reinterpreted in countless different ways.

Now that I’ve been playing music consistently for half a year, I can tell when a song has been poorly arranged. It just doesn’t sound right. When I play it, I can’t make out the melody. It sounds off. I don’t like the way it sounds.

Playing music has taught me a lot about the art of self-expression. It comes down to the way we have arranged the song. Why has the person who wrote the score chosen to arrange it in that way? Why have they arranged it in a way that just doesn’t sound right to the person who has to play it or hear it?

Maybe they’re not able to hear the way it sounds. If they could actually hear the way they sound, would they redo the way they have written the tune? I’m not sure that they would. Perhaps that is their sound–and not necessarily the way that it is supposed to sound.

Sound sensitivity, I think, is innate. We just know when something doesn’t sound right. If you’ve ever watched talent shows, sometimes, it really is a mixed bag and the audience is divided. At other times, the verdict is unanimous–this just doesn’t sound right.

At other times, it’s the audience and the judges who’ve gotten it all wrong. When the musician tries again in a different place and in a different time, magic happens.

It is this magic we are seeking whenever we play a piece of music.

It’s hard to describe what this magic is till you’ve experienced it. It is the right piece of music, the right arrangement, the right performer, the right time and the right place all coming together.

You can call it synchronicity, but I like to call it symphonicity. It is when all the sounds align in the right time and in the right place… with the right audience.

That’s when the real magic happens. That’s when life ceases to be ordinary and becomes magical. It is this magic we are all seeking, without ever even realising it.

When all right elements come together–it is at that moment–when a star is finally born.

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