You probably won’t find a single person in the world who is not interested in listening to the music – apart maybe from a few tone-deaf peasants who also insist on serving port with pickles! By those of us who consider ourselves truly human, music is considered as synonymous with breathing and being alive. Why? Music displays an almost magical healing power for issues of both mental and physical issues; it soothes the soul and causes us to rage against ‘THE MAN!’
Listen to this:
That’s Beethoven’s GLORIOUS 5th! Where the hell can this sound originate except in heaven itself? It rages with primeval passion and yet conveys the vulnerability of a child! Who could not be moved and indeed healed to some extent by such resonance?
This idea of music as a healing agent leads to the formation of the concept called music therapy that is used in conjunction with conventional treatment (as necessary of course – I am not promoting magick here!). Of course, making music yourself is the ultimate therapy, but there are very few people who are sufficiently gifted with the requisite talent to actually sing melodiously, whereas almost every one is capable of enjoying the music to the fullest (except a few peasants as I said above).
From pop to traditional, music makes life worth living, driving passion and insight into our souls, releasing us from the bondage of material life and concerns, if only for a while. Today, sadly I think, and unnecessarily, music is divided along generational lines, but as we getb older, we tend to broaden our music tastes. As a boy I loved rock and loathed Motown, but as an adult, I realized what I’d been missing! I also went on to love the music my parents loved – Frank Sinatra and the Rat pack! Hell, the Beethoven you are listening to now (I hope) is hundreds of years old and as fresh now as when it was first written. Music not only makes people happy, but also redefines their specific life moments and gives meaning to them. They make such songs that get world level recognition, awards and audience support. Here’s a link to a cool music article for you. I’ll be looking at guitar next, but in the mean time – here’s a link to a simple article on why you are not too old to play guitar