Plato said: “Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.” Most of us would be lost without music in our lives.
It is #6 in my “Things to be Happy About” series.
Music has been a joy and a comfort to me throughout my life. My dad was a talented and serious musician, but actually, he was a doctor by profession. Every night when he came home, he would sit down at the piano and play for hours. I did my homework serenaded by Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, and more.
Click to hear Norman Blackman play Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu (Op. 66). *He recorded this before I was born.
When I was very young, my parents sent me to the Young People’s Concerts at the New York Philharmonic. I was transfixed by the conductor and the orchestra. The music made me feel some kind of way.
*Treat yourself and your children to a recording of Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
As I got older, my parents took me to classical concerts all the time. I realized that music brought the kind of joy that lives in your soul. Since then I’ve been a regular subscriber to the New York Philharmonic. I look forward to every concert (*not this year as the musicians in the orchestra are not able to play “live”).
Something For Everyone:
However, you don’t need to be a classical music lover to love all sorts of music. Anyone who has ever tapped a toe clapped a hand, nodded their head while hearing their favorite tunes knows that music can help to calm, bring joy, energize us, boost productivity, and generally change your mood.
That is one of the reasons companies play music when you are stuck on hold (albeit sometimes it is just a loop). The tunes keep you calm while you wait (possibly for a long time).
Emotion into Action:
Music can help turn your emotions into action.
For example, the Muzak company claimed a 9.1% boost in productivity when testing the results of their programming at Lever Brothers in 1958. They found that typists produced 38.6% fewer errors when Muzak was being played.
Think about the music played during a cardio workout class or a spin class. The pounding rhythms and the fast pace keep you energized. but sleepy slow tunes would just put your to sleep!
Joy For Your Ears?
Some studies claim that when you hear music that pleases you, your brain releases dopamine, a chemical involved in both motivation and addiction.
However, not every tune brings joy. Some sounds are just literally not music to your ears.
As with so many things, what you like might not be the same for someone else. The love of many things starts in childhood. Therefore, a lot of what we like is directly related to what we are exposed to at a young age (bring music education back to the elementary schools)!
I love (almost) every form of music, but I’ve never really been able to embrace loud drumming or super-modern music. Perhaps these are your favorites, though?
Whether it’s classical, rock, rap, pop, or world or something entirely different, I can’t imagine my life without music. Can you? Things to be Happy About #6 is music. It Rocks!
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