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Imagine a world without music. Imagine YOUR world without music. On Musicians Making A Difference Day we come together to celebrate the power of music.
There aren’t many things more powerful than music. Whether it’s hearing certain lyrics or melodies through your speakers or seeing the experience live, music has the power to change and shape the way we feel in an instant.
We all have songs we turn to when we’re happy, those that comfort us when we’re sad, the playlists ready for when we’re preparing for a night out, or those we listen to when we’re going to sleep – music is an ever-present power in all of our lives.
New Australian charity Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) use the power of music, dance, and mentoring to change young peoples lives for the better. And today – on Friday 7 December – local and international artists and music fans are coming together to talk about the power music has had in their lives, and raise awareness for this incredible organisation.
Ten young people from MMAD have worked together to create a song and music video to inspire other to Reach Out “when they need assistance break out of a negative cycle”.
MMAD is also encouraging people to share a song that’s helped them in one way or another, using the hashtag #MusiciansMakingADifference. A slew of artists have gotten involved including Troye Sivan, Odette, Vera Blue, and Thundamentals.
At Ticketmaster we’re also getting involved, sharing the songs that have had an impact on our lives.
Brenton Doherty – Advanced Product Specialist, Archtics
A song that has had an impact on my life is Adele’s rendition of Bob Marley’s Make You Feel My Love. I came across this song nearly a decade ago on MySpace and I instantly fell in love with it. All these years later I still consider it one of my go-to comfort songs as I find the message behind it, coupled with Adele’s amazing vocals, speaks to me in a variety of different situations like when I’m having a rough day, chilling out, singing in the car, etc.
Shaideigh Pako – Event Programmer
Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Redemption Song is a true lyrical statement that was a defining song in musical history. Today, it’s still an anthem. I remember first hearing this song as a young girl, I remember the rawness of the acoustic guitar and vocals and then the lyric ‘Redemption’. It wasn’t until years later that I really understood the meaning and the influence that these words had. Lyrics derived from a civil rights speech, this song really made an impact to the culture. For me, it’s a song that inspires liberation. To be free of modern-day colonialism and consumerism. A motivational speech to be a self-advocate in today’s oppressed world, and a song that will always be a shining and positive light during dark times and hard situations.
MMAD provide creative support to young people, (especially those who have suffered emotional abuse, neglect and disadvantage) in overcoming challenges such as homelessness, destructive patterns of behaviour, exclusion from school, family breakdown, drug and alcohol dependency, unemployment and reoffending.
Musicians Making A Difference Day is happening right now. Share your stories using the hashtag #MusiciansMakingADifference.