Goodbye, Avicii, and thank you.
Avicii rose to fame at an extremely young age. But that didn’t slow him down. He wasn’t a pioneer of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), but he certainly was one of the leading artists who brought it into the mainstream. And before he was 20 years old, he was an international sensation. That is no small feat. By any stretch of the imagination.
Riding on that success, he built a name for himself as one of EDM’s largest influencers. Not only that, but he became known the world over. Throughout his career, he brought people happiness. His music got people dancing, singing and laughing. Not just a few people at that. Millions. For one life to do that, make people happier, is something extremely special.
Making people happy is SO underrated. That happiness you bring could be the only thing keeping someone going. We should all be striving for that. To make people happier. Even slightly. It doesn’t have to be at Avicii’s scale, but take his life as an inspiration to do it.
Music = Power.
By now, it’s no secret that music carries with it a lot of power. A LOT.
Whatever form it takes – pop, EDM, rock, metal, rap, folk etc – it is packed full of meaning and emotion. I think part of what makes it so powerful is that meaning and emotion can be drawn from several artistic aspects. In the music itself AND from the words. Finding that one song that brings meaning to you in both aspects is a very special thing.
For me, when I think of Avicii and his music, I think of my friends. Hearing one of his songs in the car or at a party and singing along at the top of our lungs. Not a care in the world. Those are precious memories. Memories brought to us by one special person. So, again, thank you for that, Avicii. Those memories mean the world.