Music


Music has the power to touch our emotional selves directly.
Music can inspire great and poetic thoughts.
Music is meant to be danced to, the dance can arise organically, it need not be taught (see the dance image below).

You see, our emotional, intellectual, and physical selves are an integration.

Possibly only in recent times (past 2000 years) has sacred music and its associated dances become separated from the daily life of many cultures. Possibly also semi-recently abandoned has been rhythmic singing accompanying daily work tasks.

Many of us have felt the ineffable upliftings that music can bring. We might employ different music styles or artists to get these rushes, but I suspect that what we feel is similar.

Since the sounds of music touch our emotional selves directly, the lyrics that accompany music, when there, are partly an intellectual component. Indeed, the human voice is a great instrument, and lyrics can express a plethora of meaning, but the emotional impact of the "sound" of music occurs regardless of the words. If someone is mostly concerned with the words of music, I'd suspect that his music appreciation mechanism is broken.

It seems that we must learn to hear a certain style of music in order to appreciate it. In my experience this learning occurs simply by repeated listening. Although I grew up with American/British rock music, I've learned to love Irish, Indian, and some classical music.

I think that ideally, there should always be spontaneity in the presentation of music, and that anything played too much by rote, or with too many instruments, is lacking.


P.S.
Were it not for risk of copyright infringement, I'd employ some of the early music of Genesis (perhaps from the album "Foxtrot" or "Trick of the Tail") on this web site.



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