Music is probably one of the very few things that can unite people from all walks of life through its ability to connect to the listener, evoking emotion and creating or even revisiting everlasting memories. But have you ever wondered what we as mankind are using music for? Read on and you’ll find that music plays a far bigger role than you’d imagined and how endless and creative its uses can be.
The most popular use is of course for personal enjoyment and entertainment. This started centuries if not millenniums ago through basic singing, the beating of drums buy the tribes in Africa or from the earliest wind or string instruments. Nowadays we have concerts and orchestras all producing different kinds of audio for our personal pleasure. The fact is every living being has music embedded in it which is why even birds can sing.
This enjoyment of music has also led to some great opportunities for fundraising such as providing funds to disaster strict areas such as Haiti by making a charity single having the proceeds handed over to charity. What better way to get someone to part with their money than to give them something they enjoy? The song We Are the World recently helped raised $63 million dollars for aid and help relief!
With all the emotion music brings about, we use it for various situations that need that musical flow in the air to help accompany the mood of the situation. At parties and clubs, a pumping song with the typical four on the floor drum beat and racy tempo immerses you with excitement and the natural feeling of a good time ahead. But then again, when you hear “Amazing Grace” being soothingly sung or gently being played by a solo instrument you’ll likely be at a funeral that will call for the music to be full of emotion and help the mind cope with the emotional hardship being faced.
People of all ages have a need to express themselves through various methods such as their choice of activities’, dressing and network of friends…but the easiest way to show who glimpse of you are is by the music you listen to. Thanks to the iPod and a million other music playing devices out there anyone can make a playlist that is suited just right for them. You can make a playlist for a good day, bad day, Friday or whatever inspires you. Though those playlists may seem to differ significantly, they will say a lot about you. Let’s say guy 1’s “bad day” playlist will have some hard rock n roll on it and for guy 2 it’ll have a calming and relaxing new age selection. From that you could presume that when guy 1 has a bad day he’s going to show it and probably act it out where as guy 2 will likely take some deep breaths and let their troubles fade away. Have you ever jumped into an amazingly fast super car only to discover the driver listening to Beethoven! Maybe he’s trying to tell you that though he seems to have an adrenalin packed risk taking personality, deep down he enjoys some tranquil peace and quiet.
Ever since 1928, TV and movies have taken us by storm. But thinking about it, some of the most epic moments I’ve seen would not have been to the grand scale they’d been if it wasn’t for the all-important sound track. Can you imagine watching Final Destination without the music building the suspense to the grizzly accidents? Or how about the Titanic without the musicians scene as they played ‘Nearer my God to thee’ as the ship begins to sink? In all these moments, music submerges you into the scenes intensity giving you a greater depth of understanding of the happening events.
Corporations realised years ago how our brains could easily remember a tune and not some slogan hence came the birth of jingles. These short and super catchy songs helped make or break a products ad-campaign and provided a strong brand for them.
Another unlikely use of music is its ability to help with studying! Yes…blasting your music whilst hitting the books may actually help…BUT…it’s mostly classical music that will work best, especially Mozart! I can’t explain why that is as it’s a long read but you can read more about this phenomenon here. But basically it all comes down to the rhythm that music brings. It’s this same rhythm that helps sooth crying babies when you put on their favourite lullaby believe it or not.