If you think about it, it should be self-explanatory. We have have had a number of them, in our lives.
Impactful songs are those that trigger deep emotional reactions.
The reaction is so strong that it often comes in a physical form, such as tears, shivers, smile, laughter, hoot, and fist in the air. Some leave such strong impressions, that years later not only do we remember when we first heard it, where we were and what our immediate reactions might have been. Some people describe that experience as life-changing.
My assumption is that most people in developed societies have encountered at least a handful of impactful songs in their lives. But for some of us are more passionate and are actively looking for those impactful songs.
Then there are some of us who are makers of music, and our primary motivation is to create impacts through our creation. That motivation may sound quite similar to the stereotypical “I wanna create hit songs” mentality — but the difference here is that for impact-driven musicians, more is not necessarily better. Depth and strength of the impact on listeners is weighed as much, if not more, than how many ears the music reaches.
Which brings us back to the point of view of listeners. We musicians can easily inflate our head to think that it’s all up to us — if we concoct songs, performances, productions, recordings well enough, then we’ll create these impacts. We cannot. Listeners take as big, and possibly bigger, role in creating the listening experience and making it impactful to their heart and soul. One could be listening to the greatest reading of Beethoven’s 5th but it s/he isn’t paying attention or hasn’t had life experience/emotional temperament that connects to that piece of music, the impact isn’t there.
So an impactful music experience is made through connecting music/musicians with the right audience, and together they create the impacts. The listeners’ lives are enriched or changed for the better, and the feedback from that listening experience energizes the creators to create more. The positive cycle emerges, and everybody involved is happy. 🙂
The mission of ImpactfulSongs.com is to bring together a community of musicians and listeners who are impact-driven, to make a world more fertile place for the above cycle. I intend to pursue this goal by sharing my personal accounts of music that’s been impactful in life, and my theories/observations about how musicians and fans can go about creating (or encourage creation of) impactful music.
Photo: Olivia Alcock