A little bit of a rhetorical question to ask…
What is the importance of music in life? Music everywhere in the life of humans. Without it, a party could be boring, a car ride could be tiring, alone time could be lonely and many more… Life without music is unimaginable to most humans, except for those who belong is the 1% of the population that has amusia (an impairment in music perception).
Since we all have been born and raised with music playing around us, most of us don’t even notice the way music affects us. A form of entertainment known to humans for too long, nowadays, with the help of streaming devices and services, music can be heard everywhere.
Today, everyone has access to music, but how did music actually start affecting us? How did humans find out about it and why did they adapt it to their diverse and different cultures?
The invention of music… A long long time ago
Experts can’t tell with precision when music was invented (because without humans, music doesn’t exist). Surely, the first music piece ever found was Seikilos Epitaph and it was written between 200 B.C. and 100 A.D., but music certainly existed before that period of time. There are many paintings on Ancient Greek ceramic vessels, which depict musicians playing instruments and singing in social events.
There are many theories about how music was actually invented, if I were to analyze them all it would take me days.
My own theory is that people started making sounds in order to communicate. Music was their first way of talking with each other, before finding proper vocabulary and grammatical rules. At times when they didn’t to look for food or protect the places they lived at, they probably gathered together and made sounds. That’s how they entertained themselves.
Music is part of every culture
That is no lie. Every civilization that has a culture, whether it is a century or years old, has a kind or a genre of music involved. Those of you who love traveling and have traveled, will realize that in an unfamiliar place, from street musicians to background music at a restaurant, the music reflects a part of the culture itself (many times at least). It adds to the atmosphere of the foreign place we visit and it uplifts the mood of the guests and the locals.
In most places for tourists, there is traditional music available. That is because, when people visit a different place, they want to get in touch with its culture and, sometimes, the people. Traditional music may be the reason to stay a little bit longer to listen to the song that’s playing, to ask for the song’s name or to dance with the locals.
Music is “part” of the human DNA
Just my personal opinion, not based on facts I found online or anything like that. The thing is, music is one of the must well – known forms of entertainment to humans, there’s no doubt. Also, based on my research now, music seems to be one of the most ancient (if not the most ancient) form of entertainment.
Whenever I have discussions like this with others, I usually say that music was the one that got humanity out of the wilderness. I believe that music is the one that differentiated the humans from other animals in the first place. It was the one that led them to expressing themselves by using a structured language and, later, form civilizations and cultures.
But… why is music so important?
We are back to our first question, why people need music so much?
But now we have the answer. Because music has been pleasing people for generations, all our ancestors love music. With music, we can communicate with people around us. When we go to an event or to a party, we usually listen to music while talking or dance. By talking and dancing we meet new people.
Music can control our emotions. Or, whenever we feel certain emotions we tend to listen to some music to either generate them or to get away from them. When we feel like a chapter of our life is beginning or coming to an end, music is there to make us wonder. People often associate their moods to certain songs and listen to them when they want to feel like that again.
Music can heal. Researches have shown that music therapy is really effective to patients and is preferred by them, especially because medication is not usually used. All that is needed is that the patient listens to songs or instrumentals. I’ve also read that people with Alzheimer who have completely forgotten their relatives can still remember some songs they used to like. And that’s something totally unique, it’s the reason why we should be in touch with music.
Of course, most of us are or can be in touch with music. All I’m saying is that we can enjoy an have long term benefits at the same time.
Now listen to some music and relax
If you feel like stress and anxiety are taking over you, you definitely need some alone time with music.
Sit somewhere comfortable, grab your headphones, earplugs etc and put on your favorite songs. You will soon feel a lot better. Wander with the music in your ears, let it the you where it wants to take you.
Now, you know why music is so essential and how people became so fond of it, it’s a part of them, a part of them that nothing and no one can take away from. That’s why there are industries focusing on it and enterprises and people make a ton of money off of it. It’s part of our cultures, a form of expression almost everyone loves, and it will always be there.
If you agree, disagree or simply want to add anything on what I previously mentioned please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you as fast as I can.
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