Music is all we got

Jessica Greninger

“Music is a world within itself, with a language we can all understand,” quoted from one of the most commercially successful musicians of the late 20th century, Stevie Wonder. I felt a profound connection with the harmony of Wonder’s lyrics after attending the debut of Isaiah Rashad’s, Lil Sunny Tour. I was thrilled when I heard the opening show was only a two-hour drive away; I had no choice but to purchase the meet and greet tickets. I wasn’t sure what to expect with it being my first time experiencing the VIP scene at a concert. What am I going to say? What should I wear? Is it cool to ask a few questions? My friend and I were the last two in line and my anxiety was rising while the line was dwindling down. When it came our turn to exchange words I felt I was speaking with a friend, like I had already met him through the stories told in his authentic lyrics. Why was I so anxious before? Rashad is prestigious musician but he is just like anybody else, human. I expressed to him my gratitude for sharing his art that has provided inspiration, healing, and tranquility to my soul. In a sold out venue he took the stage and the energy was amplifying. I could feel the vibrations wave through my entire body. I felt at peace in a world full of chaos. With the recent ordinance in the political world that has been antagonizing my optimistic spirit, I felt serene after looking around a crowd full of people waving their hands in harmony, all imitating the mouth of Rashad in abundant cohesion. I saw a room filled with many different faces all understanding the art of music. I was enlightened by the unification that humanity can hold. Bernie Sanders recently tweeted “…By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer.” Thank you to the Lil Sunny Tour for bringing the all the people together. And again, thank you Rashad, for giving us something we can all understand.