Is music just a source entertainment or is it much more than that?
The Oxford Dictionary states music as: Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
The Google Dictionary states music as: The art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
Many people have different views for this question, some people think that music is a great therapeutic use which can change your emotions, and others think that music is simply there to keep you busy on the long train rides to and from school. I believe I already know what I think of music, but for the soul purpose of this, I will not state what I believe music is.
According to a forum music has been around for a very long time. Apparently the Big Bang was a beat, which actually surprised me quite a bit. Also on the forum it confirms that cavemen did create music, it may not have been the astonishing opera that we have today, but it was defiantly noise created in a harmony, which both Dictionaries state is music. For the cavemen, music might not have meant anything to them and did not change their feeling, but we will never know this for sure.
On Wednesday last week, we had a music trail, and on that trail we visited a Music Therapy session. The woman then gave us instruments and told us to play different feelings, these feeling were: Happy and Angry and they all sounded extremely different. The lady then explained to us how music can change how someone can feel, and she told us that if you are feeling depressed listening to certain music can make you fall further into depression, while listening to other music can lift you out of depression. Basically what she means is that music can change the way you feel, it can make you feel happier, sadder or the same in some occasions. This concept of music being able to change your emotion and thoughts is very strongly backed by both the Oxford and Google Dictionaries.
Thementalmind.com states that “It has been proven by scientists that music helps people relax, release stress, inspire, and motivate us.” This yet again is strongly backed by both the dictionaries that I have said before. According to a different website called soundscapemusictherapy.com music can help you sleep. It states that “Music is one of the factors that can improve the length and quality of your sleep.” This is interesting though because a different website named boards.ie music can bad to use to go to sleep since it can interrupt sleep patterns, make it difficult to fall asleep and even claims that without music you cannot sleep since you are used to hearing a certain song or melody.
I had my mind made up from the very start that Music is much, much more than just a source of entertainment. Music is used to express yourself and your feelings, and for many people is the only way they can let off steam or relax or even just forget about something for a while. I love listening to music and I feel that my attitude, my feelings and thoughts can be changed simply by listening to music; I also know that many people can determine what type of person you are, by simply looking at what songs you listen to. So, to sum it all up, I will say that No, music is not just a source of entertainment and Yes, it is much more than that.
Websites… (I forgot what this was called :/)
Emusictheory.com Oxford Dictionary
Google Dictionary Thementalmind.com