“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
– Martin Luther
No matter your race, religion, age, or financial position, music is for you. Music is a universal language that can be used to convey any emotion, be it sorrow or unfathomable joy. The words may not be very good but who cares? Only the melodies are capable of conveying signals from soul to soul. A lovely melody can shed one’s tears. It has the ability to heal even the most traumatic memories and soften the hardest hearts. Time and space are no longer constraints for music, which also offers consolation to be bereaved and relaxes the mind when it is stressed. Music has existed for as long as humans have, yet it is fully accepted and valued for what it is.
“A song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind.”
– Elvis Costello
Imagine that you are stressed out about your academic work all day long, but when you listen to music, all your concerns and anxieties disappear. Your concerns may blend with the lovely sounds you produce from your musical instrument when you place your hands on it. It’s all because we require “that” mending ability and “that” soul-satisfying quality. No matter how someone is feeling, music has the power to touch their emotions.
“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.”
– Alphonse de Lamartine
The notion that music inspires emotion is self-evident. Certain melodies will remain embedded in our memories in addition to evoking emotions such as happiness, sadness, or the desire to dance.
If you hear a song from a scene in one of your favorite movies, it instantly brings back the same emotions that you experienced while viewing that scene. When you hear a nursery rhyme, you may be reminded of your preschool days when you learned those nursery rhymes with your teacher. Or perhaps you remember your first teenage love when an old tune that you heard while driving your car starts playing. Even after the relationship ended, that song – possibly, even “your song” – remains meaningful. The emotions are still present. You might smile remembering the good old days even though you were heartbroken when she or he broke up with you. Perhaps you experience grief when listening to the song again in a sentimental way. Since music is a soul-embedded language, countless life events are connected with it.
“Music replays the past memories, awakens our forgotten worlds, and makes our minds travel.”
– Michael Bassey Johnson
Music and medicine have long been associated, even in earlier eras. The ancient Greeks believed that music had the power to heal both the body and the soul. The greatest philosophers, Confucius and Plato, understood the benefits of music in maintaining physical and mental health. Music served as a crucial healing aid for injured soldiers during World War 2.
Today, music therapy is used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders. This is due to its ability to cause psychological and behavioral changes in a person, changes that aid in a quicker recovery. It has proven to be incredibly helpful in easing pain, anxiety, and stress, preventing the body from overreacting, encouraging relaxation, and keeping the body in a healthy state.
“My body, my soul, and my mind, simultaneously response to good music.”
– Lailah Gifty Akita
Music has progressed and evolved significantly over time. Musicians today are constantly coming up with new techniques to improve sound quality and make music more appealing than before. Singers consistently practice their singing, bringing out the most in their performance and evoking the desired responses in their audience. Musical instruments improve and produce sounds that have never been heard before. The same is valid in temples, churches, and the majority of spiritual communities. Music has a unique sound to it. We can all relate to one another through music.
Music’s mystic powers are still a closely guarded secret. We may never fully understand this magic, but we will continue to enjoy it for a very long time.
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
– Sergei Rachmaninov