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I Don't Like Music?

Updated on February 18, 2012
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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.

Me singing a song I wrote several years ago

Iron Mercy - Another Angel

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    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Sunshine625, Life with no music would be so bland, like food with no flavor. I'm not much on shopping so music or not I go straight in grab what I need and back out, so it doesn't matter much to me. I could see it being part of the experience though, and know that many stores use it to set the shopping mood. Thanks for stopping in, and have a great day.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb hub! I enjoyed your videos!! I can't imagine life without music!!

      I also don't like shopping at Target since they refuse to play music. Rumor is they think it distracts people from their shopping experience and consumers spend less money. Hmmm? Not my way of thinking. At all. I never have a problem spending money at Kohls!:)

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Diane Woodson, I agree that childhood is the best time for us to learn to appreciate music. Many studies suggest that introducing certain kinds of music at an early age can have positive effects on intelligence as well. I know I just love it and most times it really doesn't matter what kind of music it is. Thanks for stopping in and taking a moment to comment. I hope you have a great day.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      phdast7, Thanks for your support, It is uplifting as always. I thought I might point out that the videos are all of family. The first is me, the second is my brothers band Iron Mercy, and the last is my 16 year old niece. They are all original songs, also there are many others in my family who sing and play instruments. Thanks again and have a great evening.

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      Diane Minton 

      6 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Music is such a big part of my life and I really like your hub! I grew up loving music and I think that childhood is the time when our love of music is instilled in us! Thanks for a wonderful hub!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dmop - This is a great hub and you expressed the feelings that many of us have very well. I too, grew up in a singing and musical family; I can't imagine not having music around all the time. Good essay. Sharing.

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      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      thesingernurse, Thank you so much for reading, watching, and for your graciously kind comments. I will hopefully be sharing more of my music as I find time to do so. Have a wonderful day, and don't stop singing you are very good.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Just like you, music is my life. It's nice to know that your family spends quality time together by listening and making music. I am not surprised that you play guitar and sing very well. I guess it's in your genes. ;)

      I voted up and shared this hub. Straight-forward and honest. Just like the left-handed singer and guitar player who wrote it.

      I hope you can feature more of your songs here in Hubpages. I would love to know the story behind them. :D

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      oceansnsunsets, Thank you for taking the time to check out my Hub, and for the votes, it is much appreciated. Have a great day, and keep enjoying music.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      There is something that does run deep in us, that resonates with the music in our world. What you wrote about makes sense, and what a blessing it is that you grew up with music the way you did. I liked that song a lot, the called not a day goes by. That is a nice song!

      Enjoyed your hub, thanks for sharing. Voted up all but funny.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      @ Phoebe Pike that is interesting thanks for sharing. Thanks for reading and commenting as well.

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      Phoebe Pike 

      6 years ago

      There was a lot of research done on music and apparently it's been proven to be as addicting as sex and drugs and your brain will make you "crave" music. I thought it was pretty interesting.

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Thanks for reading John and for the vote, Glad you enjoyed it. Have a great day

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article....

      I was not born into a musical family. As a result, I was a late comer into music. I started playing the piano when I was about 13 years old. However, I don't like all kinds of music and furthermore; I don't like poetry too much, unless it's really exceptional poetry (Milton, Goethe, Shakespeare). So called classical music is my personal favorite. Strophic music (without form) has existed for thousands of years and dates back to primitive times.

      Voted useful

      John

    • dmop profile imageAUTHOR

      dmop 

      6 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      urgurl_bri, Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

      Cre8tor, Thanks for reading and commenting, Have a great day both of you.

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      Dan Robbins 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I couldn't agree more. Music has always been a huge part of my life and now my childrens'.No doubt our deepest ancestry would agree.

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      nice hub. it's definitely true that anyone anywhere likes music. There's something out there for everyone.

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