The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Scientists have long recognized the power of smell; it’s ability to link directly to the old, primitive dinosaur brain, eliciting long forgotten memories, powerful emotions with a single whiff. So what is there about the power of music, it’s ability to so directly influence the human psyche?

I can come home after a long day of work, feeling tired and drained. Then, after putting in a CD of Mozart, Bach, Paul Simon, Coltrane, Bob Marley, Beck or Willie Nelson, I find myself in a different world, a different place, a whole different mood. How does music accomplish this magic, not unique to me, but shared by most members of our species? Do our brain waves respond to the harmonics we hear? Is it all a trick of association, a linkage of a memory to a previously heard tune?

Music is said to be a universal language. What makes it so? Which rhythms, cadences make you want to dance? What melody captivates your mind, forming recursive loops you can’t seem to escape, even through effort of will? What sound is most likely to bring joy to your heart? What is the power of the Blues? Sad to say, I am not a musician. Beyond sucking on ice cubes in 4/4 time, or beating my hands on the nearest table top to the sounds coming from the stereo, my musical abilities are non-existent. Yet, I love and appreciate all different kinds of music, and each seems to have a profound effect on me. Feel free to weigh in, to educate me, or just share your favorite from you personal jukebox.

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10 Responses to The Power of Music

  1. When my youngest came to live with me full time and we moved downtown so she could attend a performing arts school, I told her she was in charge of the music. I wanted to avoid being the, “Music was so much better when I was a kid,” guy.

    I was introduce to a lot of music that I normally did not listen to – from rap & hip hop, to pop punk and obscure alternative. In the end, it both made me a fan of a lot more music (Panic! at the Disco – Brendan Urie, Fall Out Boy, & Chance the Rapper being favorites) and made me a better musician as well.

    It is also nice that she is just as prone to play, The Doors, Peggy Lee, Otis Redding, or Shawn Mullins. Neither genre nor era is much of a limitation for her and I appreciate that flexibility.

    This is a group that Deb and I just found. We love the song and the video is fun as well. Hope you enjoy! The Dead South: In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company – modern bluegrass.

    • Dear Matthew Moran,
      How do you do! Thank you for divulging to us your taste in and outlook on music, and your successfully sowing the same musical inquisitiveness and flexibility in your daughter. I would like to wish both of you plenty of fruitful musical adventures in the future.

      Dear Jorge Medico,
      Hello! Even though you confess to having little or no musical abilities, you show a great deal of musical perceptiveness insofar as being inquisitive and openminded to such an extent that you have contemplated about the nature and power of music in human lives through asking those explorative questions, for which I commend you highly. Perhaps my composing and writings about music can provides answers to some of these questions that you raise here. A starting place could be my post entitled “SoundEagle in SoundCloud: Art, Music and Compositions about New Sensations, Love, Life, Country, Nature, Dreaming, Meditation and Spirituality“.

      The said post comes with a total of 17 musical tracks for you to enjoy. These compositions are by no means typical or representative of my diverse musical oeuvres, but they do serve some important purposes, as explicated quite substantially in the post. Please feel free to analyse and/or critique those compositions as well as my writing to your heart’s content at the comment section of the said post.

      May you and Matthew find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy!

      Yours sincerely,

      • Jorge Medico says:

        Thank you for your interest and feedback. Be well.

      • Dear Jorge,

        You are very welcome. Thank you for your reply.

        I would like to inform you that for best viewing, use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

        May you have a lovely weekend!

  2. Jorge Medico says:

    Thanks for the link, as well as for your comments. Something else we share in common 🙂 Be well; hope to see you and Deb soon.

  3. Yes Jorge, I think music is very important to everyone. It touches the heart and soul and accompanies us throughout life.
    And isn’t it the case that when several people devote themselves to a certain musical performance at the same time, a sense of community automatically arises?
    I think music is just fascinating.
    Jorge, I wish you all the best! 🌸🌸
    Greetings from the beautiful and sunny Rhine-Highlands / Germany…
    from Rosie

  4. Jorge Medico says:

    Thanks for the convergence of your thoughts on our musical harmonics 🙂 Be well!

  5. Corkywk says:

    Hey Jorge! There are of course, scientific explanations on the “why and how” of music’s influence. Many theories suggesting that Mankind first-used music (in its most primitive form of course) to communicate, rather than language which evolved after. Consequently, language in itself is often described as being melodious and/or rhythmic in nature. Music it seems, was prehistorically ingrained and now is inherent in our evolution.

    A more simplified explanation and one I personally adhere to, is that music is an emotional experience. Whether listening alone at home or at a live concert filled with thousands, music connects with us through the invoking of our emotions. This emotional experience is also shared (thus the social connectivity) by those creating and performing the music.

    Inherent in our evolution, influencing our emotions, is it any wonder that music has become the common language of humankind! Be Well Jorge!

  6. Jorge Medico says:

    You make some very good points, as always. Music definitely influences our emotions; certainly mine! Be well.

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