Have you ever really stopped to think just how incredibly vital music is to our soul and being. During this Covid time I have truly for the first time realized just how many crucial needs it fulfills us with on a daily basis, most that are sublte enough to go unnoticed. Imagine how incredibly dull life would be without music. IT IS one of the most precious gifts we could be given beside food and water! I’ve found some interesting facts that I’d love to share with you…….
According to the engineer and “data alchemist” Glenn McDonald, there are now 1,264 genres of music, each equally beautiful and therapeutic in their own way. Music is an art form and a cultural activity, whose medium is sound, silence and time. Having originating in the Paleolithic era starting with drums, today music can be enjoyed live or recorded and is used for cultural purposes in some countries while pleasure listening in others.
Have you ever heard of people with “synesthesia” who see a variety of colours around them as they listen to the individual notes in a song. This is referred to as Photisms. These people may also have perfect pitch because of this ability. What a cool thing to have!
Classical music, known to have the most positive effect when it comes to studying is calming and resets the brain. It has even helped people with brain injuries to recall memories, while alternative music gets the adrenaline pumping for a great to work out, can raise or lower blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, EEG measurements, body temperature and skin response. For those who play an instrument it is proven to increase one’s intelligence. Music sparks memories, smells, tastes, moods and feelings of happiness, excitement and sadness. The first song of our day will often set the tone for our day. A song can bring a feeling of great connection- when you’re sad and hear a sad song haven’t you felt as though the song was written just for you! The flood of emotions that come out through a song and music are often capable of providing us with the emotional tools to find our way through difficult times.
Playing music, reading music, writing music or simply listening, Music = Magical. Powerful. A blessing. Living.