Can one person change the world for the better
Tuomas Holopainen, the lyricist, composer and keyboard-player, has gained
much popularity along with his band Nightwish, founded in the late 1990ís.
When writing the first songs I doubt he knew about the success awaiting
beyond the Finnish metal music circles. Nevertheless, Nightwish became one
of the most remarkable bands of the early 21st century, among different
music listeners all over the world. How was that to happen, and how does
Mr Holopainen help better the world?
To change the world isnít up to politicians alone, but to anyone willing
to create new. The political changes can be considered minor compared to
those occurring inside the common folkís minds. Such changes are often
caused by someone who did not deliberately seek them. Nighwish, with its
earlier aggressively massive instrumental sounds and metal melodies sung
by a classical soprano vocalist were something new and something deeply
missed by many.
The music of Nightwish is known used as therapy in treatment of mental
disorders. Even the strong melodies may be somewhat healing themselves,
but many have claimed Holopainenís lyrics to be most effective. There seem
to be messages in those words that fully open only to people with certain
experiences an so bring hope and cure to the mind. If there is even a sole
person who has gained comfort and ease for despair through the music, then
the world really is a little better.
Holopainenís achievements are remarkable, both as a composer and a poet.
As both he has affected the very minds of people. Changes might sound
minor, but the world is only as good a place as the individual is. Let the
individual have even a wish of better.
Sonja Vilmi (07B)