“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”
― Jane Swan
There aren’t many things in the world that can invoke feelings by just existing. But music can provide a powerful reflection of real life experiences and situations – from gut-wrenching fear to butterflies in the stomach to being weak at the knees.
Once you think about it, no wedding, party or even funeral would be complete without the appropriate music. Quite frankly, music is not just a part of life; it is a force that helps to give charm to life’s every aspect.
Science shows that music – this strange fusion of rhythm, harmony and melody – has innumerable benefits. It has been known to reduce stress, pain and depression, elevate moods, strengthen learning capabilities and improve sleep quality. It can be both the vitalizer we need on a lazy Monday morning and the tranquillizer we desire at the end of a long day.
There have been countless real-life accounts of how music has helped people battle against depression by providing the victims with an escape from everything that was going on inside their heads. They can find an expressive outlet for their desolation and stress. Music therapy continues to gain popularity as a way to address some very specific needs.
Apart from these health benefits, music has many other facets too. It can bolster your social life by making it easier to connect with people who have the same songs in their playlist as you! The potency of music can also be illustrated by the lives it has changed and helped. Between 1992 and 1995, Bosnia Herzegovina was crippled by war and political upheaval. The city of Mostar, on the Neretva River, witnessed thousands of casualties. Though the Croat-Bosnian conflict officially ended in 1994, remnants of the divisions still exist between the two groups residing along opposite banks of the Neretva River.
But one initiative has really brought about change and has united the youth on both sides – the Mostar Rock School. It teaches kids and brings them together in different bands. The concerts and other events organised by the school, therefore, lead to an intermingling of the Bosnians and Croats, helping them find a mutual purpose and forget their differences.
“You cannot come into a war zone with a guitar and stop the war. But after the war, if there are groups that hate each other … music can do a lot to reconstruct.”
– Orhan Maslo, founder of Mostar Rock School
People flock around guitarists and other instrumentalists because these musicians are able to make memories with their music. There are also many people who will usually be reserved and shy, but hand them their instrument and it’s almost as if they become a completely different person, expressing themselves with the utmost lucidity without the need for speech!
But of course being a musician or artist is not ALL glorious. Vocalists make a lot of food-related sacrifices to keep their voices silvery and dancers too have to push themselves in intensive programmes of study. Many musicians do long hours of practice over many, many years, and it is evident that music can bestow a huge sense of discipline in its practitioners.
It can have all kinds of small-scale impacts but it can also be a wave of conspicuous changes. Either way, it is an indispensable part of life with a vast array of benefits. The most important point still being that it is undoubtedly, unquestionably and undeniably FUN.
So if you haven’t already, go find your instrument, for as Plato says, music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
Please feel free to reach out to us and we promise you, Music will bring much more to you that you would anticipate.