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?Listening to Music

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

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.Music Sheet on Piano

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.DNA

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.People Dancing

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.

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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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20 Replies to “What Is The Importance Of Music In Life?”

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article – What Is The Importance Of Music In Life? I certainly agree music can be therapeutic, for example most times you enter a spa, the music in the background calms and relaxes you. Most times after a massage you just fall asleep.  People express themselves through music moving to every beat. 

    1. Hi Diana. Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, I agree with you, music is healing in many ways. I’m glad you enjoyed my article.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing a great article to learn more about what is the importance of music in life, I must say I grew up listening to music almost every single day, so music is part of me in a big way, even I’m not good at it, but I love to listen to music most of the time. As a mom myself I sang to my children since the first day they were born and I still can remember the first song my first son learned at school, it has been part of my heart and brain since that day he sang it for the first day to me, he was so proud and he loved to sang it all day long.  I have a good collection of favorite songs and I use to listen to them often, if I’m sad, happy or just for a relaxing moment!

    1. Hi Alejandra. Thank you for your comment.

      I’m glad music means so much to you and I’m happy that my article reminded you of all these beautiful memories 

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. HI there

    I agree that music is super important in our lives.

    Well I have never heard of amusia (an impairment in music perception) although I know the term “tone deaf”.

    I have a lot of memories associated to music both happy and sad, so definitely it is a way of communication.  

    In movies music is used to show whether the scene is happy or romantic, sad or scary!

    Listening to music is a great way to relax and meditate to decrease stress.

    Great blog

    Thanks

    Sheen

    1. Hi Sheen. Thank you for your comment!

      I totally agree with you. Music is important and enjoying it is an important part of most people’s lives, especially if one has amusia (or is tone deaf). 

  4. Dominique, a very nice description of music and some of its origin.  I noticed you speak as if you are not human in describing music and “Humans”. heh   A widget on the bottom right is uncategorized, going nowhere, and the About Us Widget might need to be set as a static page. Takes two clicks to get to the About Us page.  Just FYI.  Nice Touch overall.

    Trent

    1. Hi Trent. Thanks for your comment.

      I’m glad you shared your thoughts with me. 

      Your feedback is very useful. I will look into it.

  5. Music is of great importance for human beings since it allows us to express fears, joys, and very deep feelings of different kinds. Music allows channeling those feelings and makes the person to relieve his sorrows or to make his joy grow, depending on the case. I feel that’s why it’s part of life!

    1. Hi Ann. Thank you for your comment.

      I agree with you. Music is, indeed, part of our lives!

  6. I completely agree with everything you say about the importance of music in life. It is absolutely an essential element in a healthy life. Even the least musically inclined person will still have a favorite song, group, or genre. For me music is amazing, it helps me in every situation. Whether I want to relax, get pumped up, or be inspired there is always a music choice that fits the occasion. I love everything from classical, to spiritual, to swing, pop, and heavy metal. It’s all great!

    1. Hi. Thank you for your comment. 

      Music is essential in life and it has helped me in many ways. 

      As you said, there is always a song for every occasion, that’s what makes music magical.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  7. However music came to life is not much of my concern now.  Have not that much passion for now as you to dig deep like you do.

    But I agree with you on how important you described music on human’s life.

    My husband sits down and internalize music that touches his heart.

    My son even plays guitar with music and he likes to connect to a loud speaker when physically working with something.

    My daughter set sounds when taking a break from school activities.

    While I love relaxing music when I am lying in bed already. It gives me a nice sleep. Lively music sets my mood for kitchen duties.

    It sets up our mood on a daily basis. It emphasizes the occasion.

    1. Hi Rose. Thank you for your comment.

      I’m really happy that you got to describe the impact music has on your daily life. It was interesting reading about it.

  8. Hello! First of all I would like to say I love the site design. It is very clean and easy to navigate. Kudos! I also believe life without music in it would be pretty boring. Music can be an avenue for many humans in dealing with struggles or celebrating the good times. This was such a nice post to come across and it brightened my day. I find at times myself turning to music and just taking in lyrics and rhythms in times of struggle and or happiness. 

    1. Hi Brain. thank you for your comment.

      I agree with you. Music definitely is important in good and bad times. It helps the people in many ways.

      Also, thank you for your kind words about my website!

  9. Being a Dance Teacher by profession, I can’t imagine a world without music in it, and it even makes any dance look better and the dancer feels better by doing it to music.

    It was interesting to read your theory that people used sounds and music to communicate before languages started to form, and I think that you are quite right. Music is also very helpful for children suffering from autism and even for pregnant woman to play to their unborn infants also has huge benefits.

    1. Hi Michel. Thank you for your comment!

      I agree with you. Music is really important for people and I can’t imagine our world without it too. Thank you for finding my theory interesting!

  10. Hi. You touch on many important aspects of music and the human experience. Music has always been an integral part of my life. I learned and play different instruments and very different genres at different times over the many decades I have been playing. My family was steeped in classical and romantic western European music. I could not imagine a life without music. I do think there is a different stimulation and enjoyment that we partake of when we listen to music from when we participate in the creation of music. I also studied traditional music and dance at intense month-long workshops in West Africa and I found it was a very different experience. Whereas much romantic, classical, and particularly baroque West European music is primarily cerebral, much traditional African music doesn’t lend itself to intellectual dissection it just has to be experienced, and often the best way to do that is to let your rational mind go into bypass  I do think that in Western European cultures we approach everything from a rational perspective trying to understand intellectually and that has its limitations. In my opinion, there is much to be gained by finding avenues and areas of interest that force us to adopt a different approach and many traditional and some folk music works best this way. Best regards, Andy

    1. Hi Andy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      It was really interesting reading what you wrote here.

      Music has had a great influence on me too and I am familiar with many genres. Your experiences seem to have affected you deeply and that’s great. Keep evolving!

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