People enjoy, appreciate, adore, and admonish music. Music creators (musicians) can tend to be a quirky breed. It turns out that this is scientifically backed: music has an effect on your mind in the creating, playing and listening. Many studies in neuroscience back the idea that music is like “medicine to the mind“. Like the pharmaceuticals dispensed by medical doctors, the results of this musical administration seem to vary from person to person. Like the warning of “harmful side-effects”, music has its positive and negative influences on the feelings and behavior of people.
Music is mood-altering, mind-altering, body enlivening, stress-reducing and mentally relaxing for many people. It has been shown to have benefits in the healing process. Bottom line: music is really cool.
(And I will do my best to avoid the “classical vs. rock” arguments that I encounter occasionally. I don’t think this delineation is as clear cut as some would like to think. It’s hard enough to define what “classical” and “rock” are, let alone their neurological-influence differences. Yes, I know there have been studies on the subject and they’ve been repeatedly debunked as well. Moving on…)
Want to know more? A little light reading.
- Wonderful article on various positive effects of music
- More on the effects of music
- My friend Jennifer Warters on vocal toning and it’s potential impact
- A PBS series on the instinctiveness of music in humans
Wonderful news that our intuition about music is so on target…
Meanwhile, it’s also okay if you just want to listen to music for fun.
(It is possible that the author has used sarcasm somewhere in this essay.)
muse and music for the present moment
I look for ways to re-invigorate our human experience of life. I want us to drink up every moment with enlivening spontaneity. One of the ways I do this is with improvisation -- especially improvised music. With voice, guitar, percussion, piano (keyboards) and friends, I develop "in the moment" creations. I also play classical and pop music for the vast joy it brings to know the composers and songwriters of the past and present through their music.