In many cultures, traditions and values, the universe itself was set in motion through sound and vibration. This has resulted to a popular belief that sound can be used to enhance the connection of a person to the source energy (divine or whatever form you chose to name it).
Therefore, drumming, chanting, and several other forms of music play became essential ways to transcend from the physical world into the spiritual realm. In this state, individuals were rewarded with precise guidance, healing, as well as other forms of gifts to help them in their journey of life.
In some legends, the heroes in the story usually pass the sirens and are in peril to get their enemies drawn into the manipulative power they possess through beautiful singing. In most cases, no one was ever successful in escaping this beautiful singing. This expresses the incredible power that goes along with the beauty hidden in music.
Fast forwarding to the present day, science has proven that these old and mystical practices had their merit. In the past, everything surrounding us was thought to be solid, but now were are continually discovering that it is in fact some form of energy, and this energy is constantly vibrating in different frequencies. Our thoughts have also been proven to have vibrations and that they produce a frequency. These thoughts and feelings usually draw to us life experiences as well as situations.
In this case, music enriches our lives rather than drawing us into some dark or ominous powers just as in the story told by homer, a Greek philosopher. Music is a very important and powerful tool of influencing our moods, and has a great ability to make a person feel good in short while. It is able to lift the audience of a performance or concert to another level, losing them in time and space.
Check Out These Amazing Facts About Music.
Invention of the Record
Leon Scott, a French scientist, created the first record in 1857. He recorded sound onto a paper that had been blackened by candle wax. This was called a phonoautograph. About 20 years later, Thomas Edison recorded sound onto wax cylinders, creating the phonograph. Emile Berliner adapted this idea and ten years later, he recorded sound onto a flat candle wax disc, creating the first LP.
UK Singles Chart
The year 1952 saw the birth of the UK singles chart, and the first track to top the charts was “Here in My Heart” by Al Martino. The track remained number one subsequently for nine weeks. A popular UK magazine, the New Musical Express, mostly referred to as the NME, was published weekly since 1953 in March. This was the first British paper to include singles chart in its publications. It also became the best-selling British music magazine in the 1970s.
Music Cassette Tapes
Cassette tapes were originally used to record dictations in offices and businesses. It was in 1964 when the tapes begun being used as a means to bring music to the world. Between early 1970s and around late 1990s, cassette tapes were one of the most common formats in which music was recorded. The other format was the LP. In 1983, the compact disc was born, and by the early 1990’s, the sales of the compact discs had by far overtaken that of tape cassettes.
Healing Benefits of Music
Aside from the spiritual, emotional and ethical impact that music has on the human mind, recent scientific studies have shown that there are exceptional benefits of music in terms of healing. Several researches and studies have proven that there specific sounds and music that have resulted into considerable multiple healing benefits.
Even in cases of severe human ailments, there is an ever-growing field of health care known as Music Therapy. It utilizes music including its different forms in order to heal patients of diseases such as cancer, ADHD, Parkinson’s, etc. Several hospitals and healthcare centers are taking music therapy as a great research are in the efforts to improve pain management treatment, promote movement, help ward off depression, easing muscle tension, as well as calming patients.
Studies and researches have consistently proven the immense impact music has on the brain. The rhythm as well as the beats of music can simulate brain waves to resonate in sync with the rhythm and consequently transport the human mind into a crescendo of concentration, which will result into a meditative tranquil state of mind. Researches have also revealed that the ‘magic wand of music’ has the ability to influence the physiological functions of the brain, and therefore the related functions such as breathing, the autonomous nervous system, as well as the heart rate.
In this case, music therapy is constantly being used to counteract and also prevent the damaging effect of chronic stress and therefore promote relaxation as well as great health and wellness. It has been proven that the soothing effects of “positive” music can reduce the risk of stroke and other related disease by a considerable percentage over time. It can also boost the immune system of the body, ease muscle tension, and work as the ultimate stress buster.
Expression of Lifestyle and Personalities
People often express their lifestyles and cultures through music. Even their typical dress codes that go along with each particular style serve as the proof to this phenomena. For instance, genres such as Hip Hop, Punk rock, pop, etc. have continually affected the dress codes people. Therefore, music has the capacity to constitute a large part of the lifestyle of a person.
Escape From Reality
During the times where slavery was around, slaves used to combine biblical principles ingeniously with music to escape the harsh reality. These songs are still present today and may never be forgotten as they instill so much hope, even if slavery is gone. Music also serves as refuge, to escape the harsh reality of life. We just have to listen to music!
Music is simple amazing. Since it is also very dynamic, it is and will continue to be a very powerful tool to empower and enrich our lives. It is in short our steady life companion.