Music and Us
Have you ever noticed how we, humans, have a keen sense for sound? Our ears not only pick up on the sound, but as does our bodies, minds and even spirits. Even animals who do not speak have this ability. Have you ever talked in a happy tone and said a punishing word to a dog? They didn't take it seriously, but when talked to in an angry tone, they respond with fear. We are no different in this sense. We hear things and we respond to the tone, not necessarily the word it's self. However, when you link in speaking or singing, with music, this sets off a whole other reaction. We not only associate with the tone of music, but the tone of the singer. A song about death can be uplifting or even funny if the tone of music is "uplifting". All the while, a song about love with a "depleting" tone can bring out emotions of angry, fear, sadness, and so on.
The Physical Aspect of Sound
No one ever puts thought into sound making a difference on our bodies but sounds greatly effect one's body. A good example is running water. This can trigger the bladder to want to release liquid. We often pick up on certain sounds as a kid that trigger happy hormones to release in our body. A simple sound of gas being released often brings a kid to tears of laughter. Into the more complex sounds, such as music, this can trigger things such as anxiety. This is a chemical effect of the adrenal gland releasing adrenalin at a high does which first effects the body then the mind. When you bring in both words and music, the reaction your body feels can be very positive or very negative. An example; when you hear a song about someone who has passed away and is being missed, this can trigger what your body felt during you, yourself losing a loved one. You will cry, feel fatigued, have low energy or low will to do enjoyable things, pain may become present such as neck or back pain, it can even trigger off cravings of certain food!
The Emotional Aspect of Sound
Just as certain scents can trigger memory and emotion, as can sound. For example, when one grows up listening to wind chimes on a hot summer day, this sparks up feelings of joy from when they were a child. As for music, certain tones can do the same. A "happy" or uplifting tone can bring joy, relaxation and inner peace and well being. As can be said of the opposite. Bringing in lyrics can lead one to feel all kinds of emotions, even ones that were not present before the song played! This often sparks up thought patterns that can both influence our lives in a good way or a bad way.
The Spiritual Aspect of Sound
Our spirit is what drives our bodies. It dictates our being to do good or evil and make choices on a daily basis. When one is in high spirits, so to speak, the body works better and so does the emotion. Sounds effect you on this level as well.
It is important to question why the music industry is a mutual-billion dollar industry.
Music backed with sound has the power to control a person on every level. Kids are more prone to this then adults, but it still stands. When you listen to the words of the song, you get the first reaction or action, followed by the action of the actual sound. When you hear a good song about true love, you often think about the person you love and suddenly have the want for things you didn't prior to this song.
An example of a whole music genre is rap. 90% of rap is about sex, drugs, crime, cars, money and being a tough person. When you add in catchy deep beats and uplifting sounds, this causes one to think these things are good! This is an example of why parents should be more alert to what their children listen to. This is a good example as to why the music industry is a successful one. Certain songs lead us to act certain ways, buy certain things and even establish who we are as a person. All the while, we are losing ourselves in someone else's emotions!
I think it is very important for people to pay attention to how music effects them. I, for one, am very sensitive to many things, including music. If I am not in a good place, music will cause me to feel and act in a negative manner. I have always said the best and safest music is music without lyrics. You are able to feel your own emotions and become your own person. I would also like to point out how people easily remember lyrics to songs as words are easier to remember with music. If you are trying to remember certain things, incorporate music (no lyrics) to what you are doing and it will help! I use music when reading the bible or listening to bible audio to help embed the word into my heart.
God created us to be sensitive to sound. We all must remember that Satan knows this as well. Where there is a lot of money, you will find his works. I encourage people to be aware of what they listen to. I, personally, try not to listen to music with lyrics on a regular basis. I have found a great channel on youtube.com that this man has made of pure, enjoyable music; REAL music!
There are examples on the side bar.