by Ashraf Nisfudin
Music to me is how emotions and feelings would sound like.
Certain songs are composed for a specific mood. It describes moods like happiness or sadness, anger or being ridiculusly funny.
Music has been around since the 1000 CE and has evolved in so many ways. It plays such importance in society and culture and amazingly can be used by people not only to amplify what they feel but also to change it.
Like reading or eating, music is like any other consumable thing that we use daily - just that we consume it through our ears.
Music can act as a distractor for people going through pain and can give a sense of control. It can also be a time-machine where it takes you back to a certain period of time... like a nostalgic feeling and taking the physical body and mental thoughts to a different state.
It is stated that music causes the body to release endorphins to fight pain... that is why we feel good listening to a sad song in sad times, or some heavy music when we feel frustrated or just want to amp it up. Slow music relaxes the person by slowing their breathing and heartbeat. Music surprisingly can act as a medicine for patients with certain illness.
Rhythmic pulses, frequencies, sound vibrations are all core values we find in music.
Lee Bartel, PhD, a music professor at the University of Toronto claims that sound vibrations can absorb through the body and can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Fibromyalgia and Depression - known as vibro-acoustic therapy, as a form of sound treatment.
The intervention involves using low frequency sound to produce vibrations that are applied directly to the body. The relationship between human and sound carries an internal connection that affects the development of a person both physically and psychologically.
There is also a huge difference between listening to music from your headphones and listening to a live band playing. Although it might be the same song, but the physical effect it has makes a dramatic difference and a whole new experience.
This is because of the production of live sounds propagating into space and interacts with room acoustics while digital headphones is flat in sound and its high frequency energy falls off very fast.
True music lovers would spend a decent amount of money to invest on high quality sound systems and even going to an extent of analog use such as vinyl players as that is the closest they can get to having that “live” music experience.
Listening to music is one thing; playing music is a whole new world to explore but can be very liberating, educational, exciting, challenging and fun.
Studies have shown that parents who thought their children to play a musical instrument growing up would improve in mental health, increases the capacity of memory, improves comprehension and teaches perseverance.
These are great values and qualities we want for our kids and even for one self.