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  • The philosopher Plato once said,

  • "Music gives a soul to the universe,

  • wings to the mind,

  • flight to the imagination

  • and life to everything."

  • Music has always been a big part of my life.

  • To create and to perform music

  • connects you to people countries and lifetimes away.

  • It connects you to the people you're playing with,

  • to your audience

  • and to yourself.

  • When I'm happy, when I'm sad,

  • when I'm bored, when I'm stressed,

  • I listen to and I create music.

  • When I was younger, I played piano;

  • later, I took up guitar.

  • And as I started high school,

  • music became a part of my identity.

  • I was in every band,

  • I was involved with every musical fine arts event.

  • Music surrounded me.

  • It made me who I was,

  • and it gave me a place to belong.

  • Now, I've always had this thing with rhythms.

  • I remember being young,

  • I would walk down the hallways of my school

  • and I would tap rhythms to myself on my leg with my hands,

  • or tapping my teeth.

  • It was a nervous habit,

  • and I was always nervous.

  • I think I liked the repetition of the rhythm --

  • it was calming.

  • Then in high school,

  • I started music theory,

  • and it was the best class I've ever taken.

  • We were learning about music --

  • things I didn't know, like theory and history.

  • It was a class where we basically just listened to a song,

  • talked about what it meant to us

  • and analyzed it,

  • and figured out what made it tick.

  • Every Wednesday, we did something called "rhythmic dictation,"

  • and I was pretty good at it.

  • Our teacher would give us an amount of measures

  • and a time signature,

  • and then he would speak a rhythm to us

  • and we would have to write it down with the proper rests and notes.

  • Like this:

  • ta ta tuck-a tuck-a ta,

  • ta tuck-a-tuck-a-tuck-a, tuck-a.

  • And I loved it.

  • The simplicity of the rhythm --

  • a basic two- to four- measure line --

  • and yet each of them almost told a story,

  • like they had so much potential,

  • and all you had to do was add a melody.

  • (Guitar)

  • Rhythms set a foundation for melodies and harmonies to play on top of.

  • It gives structure and stability.

  • Now, music has these parts --

  • rhythm, melody and harmony --

  • just like our lives.

  • Where music has rhythm,

  • we have routines and habits --

  • things that help us to remember what to do and to stay on track,

  • and to just keep going.

  • And you may not notice it,

  • but it's always there.

  • (Guitar)

  • And it may seem simple,

  • it may seem dull by itself,

  • but it gives tempo and heartbeat.

  • And then things in your life add on to it,

  • giving texture --

  • that's your friends and your family,

  • and anything that creates a harmonic structure in your life

  • and in your song,

  • like harmonies,

  • cadences

  • and anything that makes it polyphonic.

  • And they create beautiful chords and patterns.

  • (Guitar)

  • And then there's you.

  • You play on top of everything else,

  • on top of the rhythms and the beat

  • because you're the melody.

  • And things may change and develop,

  • but no matter what we do,

  • we're still the same people.

  • Throughout a song melodies develop,

  • but it's still the same song.

  • No matter what you do,

  • the rhythms are still there:

  • the tempo and the heartbeat ...

  • until I left,

  • and I went to college

  • and everything disappeared.

  • When I first arrived at university,

  • I felt lost.

  • And don't get me wrong -- sometimes I loved it and it was great,

  • but other times,

  • I felt like I had been left alone

  • to fend for myself.

  • It's like I had been taken out of my natural environment,

  • and put somewhere new,

  • where the rhythms and the harmonies

  • and the form had gone away,

  • and it was just me --

  • (Guitar)

  • silence and my melody.

  • And even that began to waver,

  • because I didn't know what I was doing.

  • I didn't have any chords to structure myself,

  • or a rhythm

  • or a beat to know the tempo.

  • (Guitar)

  • And then I began to hear all these other sounds.

  • (Guitar)

  • And they were off-time

  • and off-key.

  • And the more I was around them,

  • the more my melody started to sound like theirs.

  • And slowly I began to lose myself,

  • like I was being washed away.

  • But then the next moment --

  • (Guitar)

  • I could hear it.

  • And I could feel it.

  • And it was me.

  • And I was here.

  • And it was different,

  • but not worse off.

  • Just changed a little.

  • Music is my way of coping with the changes in my life.

  • There's a beautiful connection between music and life.

  • It can bind us to reality

  • at the same time it allows us to escape it.

  • Music is something that lives inside of you.

  • You create it and you're created by it.

  • Our lives are not only conducted by music,

  • they're also composed of it.

  • So this may seem like a bit of a stretch,

  • but hear me out:

  • music is a fundamental part of what we are

  • and of everything around us.

  • Now, music is my passion,

  • but physics also used to be an interest of mine.

  • And the more I learned,

  • the more I saw connections between the two --

  • especially regarding string theory.

  • I know this is only one of many theories,

  • but it spoke to me.

  • So, one aspect of string theory, at its simplest form, is this:

  • matter is made up of atoms,

  • which are made up of protons and neutrons and electrons,

  • which are made up of quark.

  • And here's where the string part comes in.

  • This quark is supposedly made up of little coiled strings,

  • and it's the vibrations of these strings that make everything what it is.

  • Michio Kaku once explained this

  • in a lecture called, "The Universe in a Nutshell,"

  • where he says,

  • "String theory is the simple idea

  • that the four forces of the universe --

  • gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the two strong forces --

  • can be viewed as music.

  • The music of tiny little rubber bands."

  • In this lecture, he goes on to explain physics

  • as the laws of harmony between these strings;

  • chemistry, as the melodies you can play on these strings;

  • and he states that the universe is a "symphony of strings."

  • These strings dictate the universe;

  • they make up everything we see and everything we know.

  • They're musical notes,

  • but they make us what we are and they hold us together.

  • So you see,

  • everything is music.

  • (Guitar)

  • When I look at the world,

  • I see music all around us.

  • When I look at myself,

  • I see music.

  • And my life has been defined by music.

  • I found myself through music.

  • Music is everywhere,

  • and it is in everything.

  • And it changes and it builds

  • and it diminishes.

  • But it's always there,

  • supporting us,

  • connecting us to each other

  • and showing us the beauty of the universe.

  • So if you ever feel lost,

  • stop and listen for your song.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

The philosopher Plato once said,

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