The love of nature and the arts transcend political and social boundaries. There seems to be a nearly universal love of music. The music varies from culture to culture and each of us has a favorite genre. We have favorite songs and sometimes earworms–welcome or not–interupt our thoughts. We listen to music on the Internet, on the radio, in nightclubs, and concert venues. We spend many hours of our lives involved in music. Many individuals compose music, write songs, and perform it. Music of some sort has been created since prehistoric times.
Last night I listened to Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony Number 2”. This is a piece that I enjoy particularly because my mind rarely wanders during its performance. This is one of the rare symphonies I listen to with the stereo reciever volume control cranked high–something I do with a few Beethoven and Mozart pieces. I yearn to hear every note and nuance from all of the instruments. When I get carried away, I pick up a pen or pencil and pretend to conduct the orchestra.
Although I’m not averse to popular music or opera, I gravitate towards instrumental music whenever possible. This has been a preference since childhood. I believe this affinity for instrumental music continues because such music expresses what music with words cannot be said. In my world, instrumental music is a mind-altering drug. I must be careful not to listen to my favorite pieces while driving a car because it is so distracting. That said, good music makes a journey more pleasant.
Music is the refuge of many people. We find comfort and joy when our minds engage with the tempo and tones of our favorite songs. I believe that music is the sound that prophets have heard through the ages. It seems that music has been woven into our DNA to inspire us through life’s travails and joys. There’s something to be said about the “music of the spheres” because it engages our spirituality regardless of whether one is a believer or a non-believer.
“Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.”–Paul Simon
My musical tastes are eclectic. I can feel the energy of Soul, the funkiness of rock, the exquistness of Indian Classical, the vitality of aboriginal music styles, the grit of country tunes, smooth jazz, and the various musical forms that have been written in the past. Even “elevator music” has something to offer. I do have favorites, they are electronica and instrumental western classical music. Whenever I crave mental escape I generally reach for one of those two.
It has often been said that music resembles something of our higher nature. It stirs the mind in mysterious ways with tones and rhythm. Music triggers feelings and imagination unlike anything else in the world.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century band leader, composer, and musician, Frank Zappa. “There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.”