MUSIC – THE SOUL OF LIFE
Music, in simple words, can be defined as vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) which brings out expression of emotions. It is the “art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear”. The word MUSIC derives from the Greek work “MOUSIKE – art of the Muses”. Some of the elements of music are rhythm, pitch, texture and so on.
Music is food for soul, mind and body. It helps us rejuvenate and is a matter of energies and inspirations. I am attached to music right from my childhood days. I still remember that the weekend means all the Sundays in my family was fixed as a music day. Music is like yoga, it makes us happy and helps in keeping hormonal balance in the body. Listening to music helps us to focus and also relax our body. It makes my mind peaceful and fills with positive thoughts. It touches the spirit and would always remain in some form in this world. Music plays an important role in everyday life in form of rituals, ceremony and social gathering. People make music as a hobby as they enjoy singing from their teen’s time or by working as a professional singer.
It can stir up the feeling of love and sympathy. A patriotic song awakens love for one’s own country. Music is loved by all living creatures. The cows responded and flocked to the call of Lord Krishna flute. The magical power of music of Tansen and Baiju Bawra to light lamps blossom flowers are all known to us.
There are different types of music around the world like classical music, country music, electronic music, jazz, latin music, punk music, rap, rock music etc. There are various musical instruments played in India like dhol tasha is played during religious festivals, band baaja in weddings, mrundangam, Veena, violin in classical music concerts.
Music therapy gives everyone an enjoyable, supportive and creative environment where they can express themselves. Music therapy also helps in pain management and a person’s ability to cope with stress. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. Just think about listening to a good song on the car radio with the window down on a beautiful day. That’s joy.
Nearly everyone enjoys music whether by listening to it, singing or playing an instrument. But despite this, many schools are not having music education program. Therefore, schools should include music as a part of their curriculum.
There is a very true saying about the music that “music imitates life and life imitates music”.