By Veronica Kaur
I was on the way home after a long day at college. It was around 8pm when I was walking towards the ferry waiting area. It was a cool night but I was sweaty from the walk. There was a street band getting ready to perform. I paid little notice to them as they were there most nights. I used to give them some change but I had none that night.
I sat down along with other passengers who were also waiting for the ferry to arrive. Just as I was plugging in my earphones, the most amazing thing happened. I immediately took out my earphones and everyone around me looked just as stunned. A foreign couple who was earlier happily chatting away stopped talking, another group of three girls’ voices lowered by a few decibels and they started grinning while the lonely old man who was falling asleep woke up. There was complete silence apart for the band who was singing My Love, a popular track released by Westlife in 2000.
Everyone slowly chimed in and sang along. Some were bopping along to the beat while others were tapping their feet according to the rhythm.
“So I say a little prayer, and hope my dreams will take me there, where the skies are blue to see you once again, my love.” In spite of it being an old song, everyone seemed to remember the chorus.
For a moment there, men and women, old and young, locals and foreigners, people of every race and from all walks of life were united in that one simple song. It was amazing how one small blast from the past can actually bring a group of strangers together in one moment, even if it was just for a few minutes.
Everyone probably had a fond memory of the song. I was only seven when the song was released. It is this type of iconic bands and songs that enable people to share something relatable. Just like John Lennon and his famous song, Imagine or Michael Jackson and his world theme, We are the World. It is this kind of experiences that make me believe that music can bring about changes and perhaps someday, people will live at peace with one another.
Do I strongly believe music can change the world? Yes, I do.