Music has been called ‘The International Language’ – a very simple thought with much meaning behind it. Even if you can’t speak the language of a country, you can move, sway, dance and most of all, enjoy the music of the country. We may not understand the words of a musical selection but we do understand the beauty.
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘Music soothes the savage beast?’ It’s true. Music can calm and revitalize us in ways even a lengthy nap can’t. Music holds the power to elevate our moods above our worries and relieve debilitating depression. It can also perk us up if we use it with exercise or dance.
Try listening to classical music for a sense of power. Soft lullaby-like music to unwind. Medium-fast to fast selections for exercise and housecleaning.
Putting more music in your life is a powerfully enriching tool. But other than turning on the car radio in our busy lives, what other ways can we do this? One way to do this is to take advantage of your public library’s collection of music. It’s fine to have a personal favorite type of music such as rock, or jazz, but discover other music you may have not thought of. Try country music. And if you decide you don’t like that, try opera or alternative music. You won’t believe how many types of music you’re going to find once you start looking. You don’t have to like it. Just learn to appreciate it on its own.
Give it a chance.
When listening to music, listen to the words and rhythms as well as the melody. You may find something to like about a type of music that previously you didn’t like at all.
Learn about music. Find out who wrote the pieces you like to listen to and when. What was going on in the rest of the world at the time the melody was written? Does it reflect what was happening at the time or could it have been used as an ‘escape’ – a more pleasant alternative than what current events dictated?
What musical instruments are played? What do you know about those instruments? Experience new musical artists. Many worthwhile musicians and vocalists go unnoticed to the general public because of a ‘stuck in a musical rut’ listening technique of those that only listen to a certain genre of music.
Free musical events are listed in the local newspaper. Some may turn up with names such as ‘brown bag’ concerts or recitals. ‘Brown bag’ refers to the fact they will be held during the noon hour and usually in a public place such as a park where you can bring your lunch. Recitals are usually given by music teachers to showcase their student’s budding talents and also an advertisement for the teacher’s own abilities. Colleges sponsor several free musical events every semester and they are worth looking into.
Other ways to incorporate music into our lives are waking up to a musical alarm, bathing to soothing, relaxing music and even dining with soft music playing in the background. Listening to music is such a basic pure pleasure that many of us forget the tremendous value of it. And dance whenever you get the chance.
Organize a music appreciation group and post notices at the public library and other spots around town. These groups get together to discuss music and musicians, listen to music and go, as a group, to musical events together.
Volunteer to share your acquired musical knowledge with others. Do this by visiting hospitals and nursing homes, senior citizen’s centers and organizing talks for elementary, middle and high schools. Special interest groups are always appreciative of speakers with interesting topics.
If you play an instrument, you’ll find you’ve stumbled onto the best audience in the world. Go back often to visit and play. In this way, you’ve not only made the lives of other people brighter through your music, but you’re going to find yourself in much better spirits.