2) The Importance of Dissonance
In life, we tend to avoid tension or dissonanc (I do, at least, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one out there who does the same). We see it as harsh, undesirable and to be avoided at all cost. In music, however, tension and dissonance are not only accepted, they are welcomed and embraced. Why?
A song without tension is a happy song – it’s true – but it’s also an incredibly boring song! If you are telling a story and you start with “Once upon a time” and move directly to “...and they lived happily ever after” you have nothing. You have no story! The story is everything that happens in between the anchors of "Once upon a time" and "...and they lived happily ever after," and what is in the story? Drama! Comedy! Adventure!
Tension and dissonance add emotion to a song: excitement, mystery, suspense, passion, intrigue, fury, heartache and life. It is in the dissonance of a song that the melody truly comes alive.
Fourth application: By avoiding tension and dissonance, are we missing out on a large portion of life? Are we avoiding the necessary emotions that tell our story? Are we "happy but boring"? Why are we so afraid of dissonance?