Ever wondered how a simple audio mix, even with the absence of lyrics can get you through a gloomy day? Or, how do you listen to a song and find that the words relate to your every circumstance, and its beats seep through the covering of your skin to the depths of your very soul?       Well you’re not alone, I wonder every day.

Music; the arrangement of notes, beats, tunes and lyrics into a compendium of beautiful melody, It’s the very food that the soul feeds on.  From pop to classical, country to rock. Different genres yet possess the same ability to overwhelm the listener.

Popular belief says that music has the ability to “soothe the savage breast”. Truer words have never been spoken. Music all throughout time has been known to cause peace and calm to the troubled soul. A therapy known as music therapy, has been known to manage many forms of mental illness such as; depression, traumas, schizophrenia etc. till date. 

Music is known to be a form of escape for both the composer and the listener. The former pours out every pent up emotion into the rhythm, expressing feelings of love, hate, joys, anger, frustration, sorrows or depression. Telling emotion filled stories to the world while hiding behind the music. While the latter feeds on the energy of the composer, placing himself in the shoes of the composer, relating with every joy and struggle. In that moment, nothing else matters just two unfamiliar people traveling the same road sharing experiences and emotions. 

Music is the vehicle for expression and learning. Although listening to Beethoven or Mozart would not physically increase your grade point from a 2 to a 4 point, it is sure to build your emotional quotient (EQ) and affect your views and response to circumstances. Music helps shape our everyday life. It allows us feel and control a variety of emotions. Recent research also shows that musicians have highly developed memory, coordination and brain function. 

Music is a powerful tool; probably one of the most powerful tools there is. It is one of life’s greatest blessings, having the unique ability to unite people of diverse ethnicities, tribes, languages and ideologies. Sadly, very much underappreciated and underutilized. Modern day music is failing to do justice to the concept that is music, as many composers write haphazard lyrics and compose unappealing beats leaving the number of us with good ears and fine taste in music with very little to choose from. Although good music is hard to come by these days, there remains a population of composers actively working to produce beautiful rhythm. These people would forever remain our heroes.  “Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. It can change the world”- Ludwig Van Beethoven.

This article was written by Agbonkonkon Ruth; connect with her on Instagram via here  

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