Music is among the very most ancient of human things. It transcends culture, geographic region, and time. There are no human civilizations without music, not now, not ever. Music is a part of our species, and of many others as well.
There are few who would deny the power and scope of music in the lives of humans. It is so powerful as to be forbidden, or attempted to anyway, in severe religions afraid of the competition from such a force. But no attempt to banish music has succeeded, from the secretive metal scene in Saudi Arabia to the taboo bogging in ‘Footloose’, music, and the accompanying dance, is here to stay.
Comfort from the Familiar
From the oldest times humans have used music to communicate information and emotion to each other.
- The oldest form of storytelling and passing along of traditions used music and song.
- Most of the world’s religions use music for hymns, rituals, and liturgies. For the illiterate congregates of early religions, these musical transmissions were their only access to mythos.
- Many people have experienced the feeling that a song is written exactly for how they feel at the moment. People often turn to music to express joy at weddings and in houses of worship, to express sorrow at funerals, and to express comradery at sporting events and in groups.
- We use music to teach. Think of ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ or even our earliest learned nursery rhymes.
Stirred to Creativity
Music is both the expression of creativity, and the inspiration for further expressions of creativity.
- Most artists attest to playing music in their studios while they create. Some artists have gone so far as to arrange for musicians to play live while they create their artwork.
- Fashions shows and gallery openings always have music. Visual creations seem to cry out for music, and vice versa.
- Many of us feel almost unable to be in an environment where there is no music, or too much silence. People work, study, write, and make to music. It seems natural to us.
Movement and Dance
A key element to music is rhythm, in addition to, or sometimes exclusive to, melody.
- Almost everyone taps their toe, nods their head, or sways to the music. It is instinctive and primal. Often we don’t even notice that we are doing it!
- Music is of course the inspiration to dance. Dance is as part of human culture as music is. Our bodies appear programmed to respond to a beat.
- The militaries of the world understand the persuasive power that music has over the human body. As does the chain gang and field worker.
- Indian music & dance have something unique. Currently there are 32 types of different Indian music trends (approx) and fascinating the global visitors.
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
We challenge you to turn on some music right now and remain unmoved by it – try it! No matter your choice of tune, or musical style or genre, it will affect your mood, your thoughts, and your body. Of course, this is why reputed music is so popular with the fans. Even babies smile and laugh and get their groove on – it’s natural!