Essence of Music Part 1

Music defines the soothing tones as well as the sounds, either in a single line (melody) or more than one line (harmony), that are created by one or more instruments and/or voices, or both. It is an organized melodious sound in succession that produces a composition having unity, harmony and continuity.

Music involves a pattern of sounds and melody produced by various musical instruments, voices and their combinations to give a feeling of pleasure and entertainment to the audience who are listening to it. Music can be played on numerous instruments, belonging to numerous categories such as: Percussion instruments, bowed wings, Stringed instruments, Wind instruments, keyboard instruments and the human voice may also be described as an instrument.
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Music is essential part of human life. Love for music is not a tendency of human-beings only. It is a common characteristic of nearly all living creatures. The moment musical notes softly enter our ears; they rouse the dormant love for it. Mythology as well as folk tales bears evidence to the fact that even animals respond with joy to the melodious vibrations of the harp. The cows used to respond to the call of Lord Krishna’s flute and flock round him when it was time to return home.

However, music is the greatest creation of man, which touches the soul and also helps man to sympathetically manifest unspoken desire and humanity in him. The effect of music in man is what that separated him from other animals. Due to the high effect of music in the life of human being, it is capable of breaking boundaries to unit people from different background and cultural heritage. Indeed, there are lots to say about music making it one of the most important factors in the life of human being of all races and religions. In fact, music can best be described as wonderful force that is capable of bonding people together and instituting international brotherhood, love as well as peace.
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The barriers of language and religion cannot restrict music to flourish in a foreign country. Music has the power to dissolve the physical boundaries of the nations. It removes the barriers of age and language and speaks to us all and for this people call it universal language.

Slow and soothing composition of music helps us in improving our concentration powers as well. Most students like to play some music to focus better while studying for their exams and this actually helps them in a positive way. Music can have you concentrate only to it and eliminate all other distractions from your mind. This is the very reason why some of the meditation centers play soothing background music for their visitors. Spa parlors also play music in the background to help people relax.
Music also has miraculous powers for treating certain mental ailments such as anxiety, abnormal excitement or depression. It is also helpful for the treatment of patients suffering from insomnia. It has excellent exhilarating power. It can be compared to mother’s love. Just as a child forgets everything and feels joy in mother’s lap, in the same way we forget all worries and anxieties in musical environment. In most cases, doctors and therapists normally recommend soft music for their patients. This is because, with the effect of the music in the heart and entire being of a sick person, there will be revival of hope of living, joy of existence and happiness in the mind of the sick person making it easy for the him or her to respond positively to treatment.

Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life and inspires one to live a lofty life. There is absolute tranquility and harmony, when the magical notes of music enters one’s heart. Such experiences are beyond words and can only be experienced. The notes of music take the listener to the region of the unknown where there is only emotional ecstasy and transport him to a world of melody and sympathy.

Good and melodious music is like Nature. It nurtures human beings and makes them feel good from within. You can judge people by the taste of their music. Music defines people in more ways than one. The resonance sound that music creates soothes people, God and nature alike! There is no escaping from the power of music. Every feeling of a human being can be captured in music and conveyed to the masses in the form of a melody. Thus, music can be said to be the first love of a human being and it completely brings out the creativity in them.
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Whether we can play a musical instrument ourselves or not, there is no denying that music can truly enhance our lives. Music also spreads peace and harmony between people and nations. So keep listening to good music and ‘Make music not war’.

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