Importance of Music
The word or term ‘music’ is easier to use in practice than it is to define. Music has been called the Mathematics of the Soul and is omnipresent. It is a reminder of how things once were, an indication of how things are and a view of where society is headed. Music is a very colourful thread woven into the entire fabric of our lives. According to Lord Byron, “Music is in all things, if man has ears.” Without it, the world would be a very quiet place.
Music is an important art that appeals to the conscious mind, but the best music also appeals to the subconscious. It has an incredible soothing effect, and since life is becoming hectic, which often triggers stress and strain, music has the magical power of bringing solace to the mind. It is therapeutic and has been used in medical settings as a way to appease and help heal victims of post traumatic stress syndrome, and also to maintain an equilibrium mental balance for patients suffering from mental or depressive disorder. Music is a powerful medium to express emotions as it touches our emotional being and evokes moods and feelings that are sometimes difficult to let out. We listen to music because of the feelings it conjures up, like nostalgia when we listen to ‘oldies’, excitement when we listen to up-beat songs, or love when we listen to romantic songs. Music can bring us back to memories we wish to never forget, or bring us hope when we feel that all is lost.
Apart from soothing the soul, music also opens ways for broader dimensions. The great majority of radio stations exist to play music and there is hardly a minute on television, other than news shows, that doesn’t have theme music, background music or commercial music. This is true for most, if not all, countries of the world. Music is a universal language. It inspires common human feelings and bridges gaps between cultures that spoken language cannot. Music brings people together and creates a universal community. It crosses all...