From Ears to the Heart- The Multifaceted Role of Music
  • Mar 7, 2019
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From Ears to the Heart- The Multifaceted Role of Music


“Music is the wine , that fills the cup of silence.”-Robert Fripp




Music is a sound, an amalgamation of voices and instruments, combined to bring out a beautiful rhythm, a peaceful harmony  and an overwhelming expression. Since the starting of the life , music has been an constant. Be it the tiktok of a wall clock, ringing of a bicycle ring, ripples of water , humming  of a bird or beat of a heart all generate music.



Undeniably it can be said, that music plays a number of roles in a person’s life irrespective of the fact that the individual is a music lover or not. Human body and Human mind gets controlled with the rhythm of the music .



Here are a few unrecognized roles played by music that are unapologetically accepted by not-so-interested in music people ,along with the ones who have dedicated their life for music and its love.





  • MUSIC AS SOUL FOOD





When  we don’t feel right , when we feel empty and we are not willing to have any human interaction then the only thing that can fill that empty space is –MUSIC. It fills our soul with joy and boost our spirits with magical powers only possessed by the Musical beats.



                                                                                                                                                             





  • MUSIC AS AN ESCAPE





Ask a drumplayer , a tabla player , a piano player , a guitarist or a singer – What is your Escape? They all will unanimously say “It’s MUSIC”. Even people who love to listen to music find an escape from the present world in music. It gives the wandering minds a place to hide when the world gets rough.



 





  • MUSIC AS A BOND WITH CULTURE





Every culture has a particular music , a particular rhythm that hits the strings of the hearts of all the people related to it by the land, mother tongue , handicrafts or dances. In a country like India ,which is a hub for so many cultures , the factor that binds the people to their culture- young and old irrespective- is the music



 





  • MUSIC AS HERITAGE





There is gold mine of different music and songs that are treasured by the people as a part of their heritage . This heritage that they wish to transfer to their offsprings and want to keep the chain going on. There is a specific music that we relate to a specific state or nation . the beats and the feel the music bring with it the essence of its origin .The beats of the Dhol and the hyped up music can straight away tell it’s a Bhangra musics, the joyful Garba music and the peaceful Kuchipudi  are also easily recognizable.





  • MUSIC AS  EMOTIONAL BREAKTHROUGH





Even when we don’t realise the emotional connection with a person , or we are avoiding  to express it, still music , in all its beauty , fills us with emotions of love , sadness, faith, togetherness or belongingness, patriotism  & many more.



 





  • MUSIC AS  AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE





With music life becomes so much easier . It helps to convey a message across the hearts and minds or millions of people or it becomes special for that one special person . The point is ,Music brings out our hidden emotions  and makes it easier to express our love with the help of soulful lyrics.



 





  • MUSIC AS A MOOD CHANGER





Don’t feel like dancing , but when the boom boom of the DJ BASS matches with your heartbeat you  automatically start to feel like shaking a leg or two. Had a bad day, listen to Arijit Singh and all the problems in the world disappear .Earphones once plugged in,cancels out all the negative things from one’s mind and instantaneously gives a refreshed feel to the person.



 





  • MUSIC AS A REFLECTION OF OUR  PERSONALITY





Not always but sometimes what a person is fond of listening describes his or her personality , their preferences , their attitudes or interests. A person with swaggy jeans  and headphones around their neck can be said to have a Hip-Hop preference , a man wearing a Kurta  and a serene aura surrounding him can be a Sufi music lover, a person with deep thoughts on life can be a ghazal lover.



 





  • MUSIC AS A CONNECTION WITH GOD





Carols & hymns are the ways we suppose that connects us more with the almighty . With music we sing his glory and praise his name because we humans are his creation & are made to solely praise and worship him. The peace we get and the power of his love can be strongly felt with worship music.





  • MUSIC AS AN ALL TIME PARTNER





Whether it is a bus journey, or a gym session, whether its a birthday or a wedding , whether it’s a welcome party or a farewell party , whether your overwhelmed with love or sinked in sadness, Music is a forever friend . There is particular music for all types of  occasions and events . With music , one never feels alone.



 



Music has a whole lot of variety to it , but to simplify lets just talk about (ii)the good, and (ii)bad music.



Music is good in all its senses but its our job to differentiate between what hampers our mind  thoughts and what develops new spirits in us. Music today consists of unnecessary words with a whole lot of multiple meanings related to them. The main problems that arises with bad music is that it:



 





  1. Promotes heroworship




  2. Degrades the opposite gender




  3. Use of filthy words & abusive meaning related to it




  4. Promotes materialistic approach towards life,e.g songs showing cars and money all over in their music videos




  5. Promotes drug abuse




  6. Promotes violence i.e showing off of guns and other weapons in the music video




  7. Meaningless lyrics




  8. uns and other weapons.




  9. Provoking lyrics




  10. Disturbing & rough music creating more of noise pollution




  11. Sexual objectification of women in music videos





 



Music is like a morning breeze , a warm hug in cold nights and shower of rain on a hot sunny day. The more you decorate it , the more beautiful it becomes. Its serenity and poised feel should be maintained in all forms to allow it to touch souls. Music is a bond that connects all of the humanity and brings us on a platform where everyone is equal.



FURTHER RESOURCES:




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           Graham F Welch,number 28,2007



           Research Studies in Music Education.



        2.Music in a hospital setting : A Multifaceted Experience



           Costanza Preti & Graham F Welch,2004



           British Journal of Music Education 



        3. The Role of Cognition & Emotion in the Music Approach- Avoidance Behaviour Relationship



             Jillian C Sweeney,2002



             Fiona Wyber



             Journal of Service Marketing, vol 16



             Issue:1pp.51-69

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