COLUMN: Ryan Bowles (PLAB) continues its new column based component today where we give musicians freedom to offer a unique, personal and individual voice

This month and the months thereafter, we will host the thoughts of various industry members, which aim to allow readers a new insight and perspective into a variety of music based topics.

Whether you agree or disagree with the points of contention, the focus is to generate discussion and receive a different side of the page with the respective opinions.

Prepared Like A Bride frontman Ryan Bowles offers the first entry in his column.

A World Without Music

Lately I’ve been thinking about what life would be like without music… Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Over the weekend I found myself drifting around the Brisbane Soundwave festival and pondering about what the thousands upon thousands of people around me would be doing, where they’d be and what shirts they’d be wearing if there were no music.

Music has to be the single most relatable experience on the face of the earth. No matter what language you speak a single song can have the impact to inspire change, evoke emotion, create chaos or soothe a weary soul. As I’m writing this I have music playing, most of you reading this probably have music on. So what is it about music that we are so caught up on? What is it that keeps us coming back for more?

I personally think music strikes a spiritual chord within us that no man made creation can reach. How can that one particular song rescue you from the troubles of your day or pump you up and push you to go harder and faster. It’s such an incredible gift that’s been used over the ages for so many different things. I think it’s the combination of a message within a song along with a great track that catches me. Whether it’s heavy, chilled, crazy or poppy, feeling like I know what the singers talking about or going through allows me to feel like I belong, like I’m not alone, like someone understands.

I grew up with records always spinning in our house but when I found myself at a show for the very first time in 2005 I knew it was where I was meant to be. Right then and there it was like time stopped. I can’t imagine a life without music in it and I’m so thankful for it.

Ryan Bowles
Prepared Like A Bride

Do you agree, disagree or have thoughts on Ryan’s column? Let us know below.

Catch Prepared Like A Bride on their headline run this March. Details here.

Additionally, catch the band 
supporting For Today this April.

Overcomer’ is out now via Sony/Faction.

2 Responses to “COLUMN: Ryan Bowles (PLAB)”

  1. arminwasamonster

    this website has been going downhill for years.

    shit reviews and good reviews on bad albums. and now lets read what someone from prepared like a bride has to say about what life would be like without music..

    ever since you have had this featured column its become quiet the laugh.

    a world without music would be quiet enough said.

  2. Insomniacman

    I’ve thought on this often man.

    Without music I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. I have constantly found support, encouragement, admonishment and just down right good times at shows/listening to music at home. It has built me up, shattered ideals, and led me to the path I now walk.

    I am ever thankful for music, and people like you who pour their lives, hearts and souls into making it!

    Without music this world would be a dull and dreary place.

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