In case you didn’t know, my favorite band of all time is a group called Mae. I am not entirely sure why. They just are. There is just something about their music, especially their first and second albums, that, at some level, hits me. I just really like it. They’ve been through a lot of changes in their 5 years, and I think I know now a little more why I like them: they’re honest. While the music they do is kinda trendy, they seem to be doing something that really matters to them.
Today, I got an email from them about their upcoming albums and such. They are gonna do a series of EPs for download from their site starting in January with the proceeds from the downloads (to download the songs you have to make a minimum $1 donation) going to a particular cause themed with the EP. In the email they said something really cool. Maybe it’s cliche. But who cares. I really liked it. Here’s the quote:
Every work of music begins with still air. Every painting starts with a blank canvas and an idea. Every epic begins with empty pages and a thought. Every day begins in darkness with a sunrise. Every year begins in winter with a spring. Every life begins in the unconscious cry that fills tiny lungs with air for the first time. Those same lungs will eventually breathe life into words, both spoken and sung. That tiny mind will grow and be filled with countless thoughts and impressions that shape its actions and views. Those actions will reverberate throughout their surroundings and ripple through their family, their community, their nation, and their world. In this sense, we are all the same. We all begin as a blank page, and end as a story…
Our story is a collection of decisions that we work through every day. Those days connect and become years. Those years connect and become a life. Those lives connect and become a generation. Those generations connect and become history. We create and change the course of history with every decision. That is the power you hold in every one of your choices. That is the scope of your significance. You are a writer of history. It is not an option, it is a certainty.