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I Don't Like Music?
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Music is the One True Universal Language !
I was born into a home where music was always present. My Dad played guitar and sang and my Mom enjoyed singing as well. If they weren't singing or playing it is likely that the radio was playing in the background. It has always been a part of my life, so naturally I have developed a deep respect and love of it. There have been points in my life where I'm not sure how I would have made it without it. Music can calm the soul when you feel frustrated, or it can invigorate you when you are feeling too melancholy. In ways it seeps into every part of our lives as it alters our moods and helps to shape our world. Civilization as we know it is closely connected to our music and its history is as much a part of who we are and how we got here, as any other historical relevance. Whether you are religious or not, whatever your political stance, or your cultural background; chances are you enjoy some type of music. I have never heard anyone say "I don't like music". Music is perhaps the only thing shared among all of humanity aside from those things that are inherently necessary to our humanness.
Music in the Past
It is difficult to trace the roots of music to its humble beginnings, but I'm sure it was present not long after we came to exist as a species if not before. It is believed that music as an extension of our emotional selves began when mankind learned to reflect upon the past and present and their own existence. The first musical instrument (The Hohle Fels flute) has been dated to around 35,000 years ago, and it is believed that humans were making music much earlier than that. The first music was probably made by the human voice and it is likely that it was used long before language was established. Prehistoric music, is presumed to have been used for more than one purpose. For example, it is believed that it was used to create a trance like state of consciousness to prepare hunters before the hunt. Presumably, it was used to intimidate other predators, and perhaps to scare them away so that their kill could be scavenged. It may have been used for shamanistic rituals, and even for pure enjoyment. How exactly our ancient ancestors used music is unknown, but it is likely that they used it in much the same way as we do today. To help them with whatever it was that they needed to accomplish, and to keep their spirits high while doing it. Music has undergone many alterations as it has evolved over the centuries, but in many ways it has remained the same. It has developed into an auditory art from, and has helped to shape cultural values and identities for nearly every culture in recorded history. There is no single definition that describes what music is, but it is easily recognized by those who enjoy its melodic tones and harmonies.
Music is All Around Us
Music can be found everywhere; in nature, or in the chants of Tibetan monks, or at your local Mall. You don't just hear it while you're driving down the road listening to your radio, you here it when you take a stroll through the woods or in the background at the movies. It is used to promote spending at your local supermarket, or to set the mood at Hollister, and various restaurants and coffee shops. It invokes people to mosh, crowd surf, or hold their lighters up high in a show of respect at concerts. It promotes healing and balance with-in ones self, or can be used to connect with one's God. However you use music or whatever genre you enjoy, you make it a part of and an extension of yourself. So in closing I just want to say that I love music, I respect all music, and enjoy most of it. I use it for everything, all of the time; it is a part of my very being. If you have read thus far, thank you; please leave me a comment, and have a wonderful day.