#PeacefulMondays: A musical buffet of love

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I love award shows. Glitz and glamor notwithstanding, the artistry on display is a source of inspiration.

Music award shows are especially dear to me. I live and breathe music – its rhythm, rhyme and reason.

As I posted on Facebook earlier today, “…music is the soundtrack to our lives, the melodic companion that rides shotgun across the landscapes we choose to traverse. In an instant, the wisp of a song or the opening bars of a familiar refrain will transport us right back to a time when it meant something. When it cradled a pivotal moment of revelation or growth, pain or ecstasy.”

What’s that oft-cited Shakespearean quote? Oh yes.

If music be the food of love, play on.


And I’m an equal-opportunity music lover. Country, rock, soul, alternative, folk, classical…there’s a tune to suit every mood, a lyric to suit every thought, a story to suit every life.

By the same token, I’ve spent decades enjoying the CMAs (Country Music Awards) and the AMAs (American Music Awards); the BET (Black Entertainment Television Awards) and the MTV (Music Television Awards).

All this before I’d set foot in America.

From the outside looking in, these annual roundups of musical excellence portrayed an America that loved itself, and Americans who loved and made beautiful music with each other. Mashups where country met classical, where rap jived with pop. Where two tunes that didn’t or couldn’t seem to go together somehow, magically, did.

Then I moved to America.

And I began to understand society’s fissures – between big cities and small towns, between big expense accounts and small bank balances, between big powers and small voices.

So, when I watched the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday night, I saw the artistry on display with wiser eyes. Eyes that knew all wasn’t what it seemed, and a mind that understood why it was all so different from the outside looking in.

But I can’t shake Shakespeare’s quote.

We can use more music to soothe souls, build bridges, quell fears and spread hope.

We can see more of each other through the music we share.

We can compose more tunes that tell larger stories, to suit all our lives.

Because music is the food of love. And we have it in us to play on.

Questions to ponder



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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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