21 June was World Music Day. And it was indeed fitting that the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, should be filled with tunes from all corners of the world. Worldwide events were held, open-air, under the stars, in gardens and concert-halls to celebrate that art, that harmonious tune that gives rhythm to our lives.
Music is defined as “an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color”. People listen to different types of music, but they all feel a connection at one point or other to some song, tune or orchestral piece that reaches right to the cords of their heart. That makes you associate that very tune you hear to something in your life, a happy moment, a memory, a dream, an event. Put briefly, music is in itself, life.
Music is at times a refuge, a haven, a way out of pain, anguish and anxiety when reality strikes. Whatever your preferred theme or type – be it rock, pop, jazz, blues, R&B, disco, classical, rap, hip-hop, ska, or whatever other genre there is – music, like Victor Hugo said, “expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”.
Music is all around us and everyone has something to say about it: that it is healing; it is a prayer; it is a song to the universe; it is a revelation; the speech of angels; a truth; a treasure; it is expression; it is magic. Music is something to everyone. And perhaps what best sums it all up is that “music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” (Berthold Auerbach).
People often start their day with birds tweeting (the original type) outside their window, then with earphones singing in their ears, radios blasting in their cars. Have ringtones at the sound of their favorite artists. Go to concerts to hear them live. Watch programs showcasing new talents, revealing new voices that will prove ground-breaking to the music industry’s perpetuation. And then at the end of a long day people often chose to relax by turning on some music when they get home. Music is naturally an integral part of our entire day. And it has radically evolved from the simple beat of self-made drums and other instruments, to the complex electronic sounds of today (even if at times some of these sound more like noise, rather than rhythmic melodies).
Music is even part of demonstrations and mass rallies. It is the common language that everybody knows and that unites people across countries and continents. It is the bridge linking differing views and opinions. Music is above all a unifying force. One that can bring the so-desired change everyone is looking for. For music extends its grasp to the very core of people’s soul. It brings light to the everyday darkness simply because it fills the silence and masks the noise that surrounds us. And for this, music is indispensable.
Also part of Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder