Human beings will go to any lengths necessary to find and connect with each other. It doesn’t matter the technology.” – Eric Whitacre
What is it about music that pulls us closer to each other and ourselves?
I have never been a fan of choirs or orchestras but this video moved me to tears. Looking at the standing ovation that the virtual choir and Whitacre received during the TED talk (titled, “Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong“), I think it is safe to say that I am not the only one feeling this way.
We live in an age where technology disconnects people from themselves and others. Technology has earned that reputation and I do not have to go into the whys.
The virtual choir gives us hope that technology can be used in a way to connect us to one another despite any language, cultural or geographical barriers. It’s so beautiful to hear the voices unite and something about the union is so heartwarming. The oneness of it reminds me about the oneness of life itself.
Music can definitely strum the heart strings of our internal guitar, which triggers the melody of our tears. And tears of awe don’t lie. Sometimes such tears are the only language of connection when words fail us. The language of realisation of the magnitude of an experience that is so much bigger than we humans can explain, but one that we can fully encompass. And that is the magic of it.
Music, like love, is a feeling, not a vision. Perhaps music is the language of the divine. And love, connection and oneness are the collective outcomes.
Listen to the virtual choir below and visit the link above for the TED talk by Eric Whitacre.
I hope this piece triggers the melody of your soul as well.