Music

How Did Latin music Start?

You may be wondering how a Latin music started. Once Columbus arrived in the Americas this was the start of Latin music. During this time things were quite dramatic for the people in the area but Latin music is one of the positive outcomes that came from this era.

In general terms we can say that Latin music began once Columbus arrived in the area. The indigenous people of the area had it their own music and they used instruments such as wind instruments and percussion. In the pre-Columbian cultures wind instruments were quite popular. in today’s Latin music both flutes and wind instruments are still popular.Europeans to the New

World

The Europeans bought both Portuguese and Spanish languages to this area. Latin music is defined by both Portuguese and Spanish.  in Brazil Portuguese defines Latin music while in the rest of Latin America Spanish tends to define the music. When Europeans came to the area they brought their own music with them. The Europeans had musical traditions from both the Arab world and Europe. When the Europeans arrived they also brought to their musical instruments with them. they originally brought these instruments to help them recreate the music of their Homeland but these instruments started to be incorporated into the sounds that began to define the roots of Latin music.

African Influence

When African slaves started to arrive in the new world they brought with them their music and traditions. One of the largest contributors to Latin music is the influence of Africa. Many of the beats that we associate with Latin music have their roots & rhythms in the beats of African music.

Jazz

Another type of music that is influenced Latin music is African-American music such as jazz. One of the larger impact on Latin music has been jazz such as rhythms of Latin jazz, Bossa Nova, and Mambo. in today’s Latin music it is being influenced by R&B and newer hip hop music as well as Urban Music.

Latin Music in Society

All these various cultures started to intermingle with the cultures of the Americas and this created what we now know as Latin music. Regional conditions, outside influences, and many different styles of music have all contributed to how Latin music is used in Latin society today.

Latin Music Going Forward

A society keeps changing around the world and in the Americas, Latin music will probably change along with it. this style of music covers a wide number of various countries and there were many different styles of Latin music it’s not just one single style. Latin music by its nature is very complex and there is a rich history that all came together to Define Latin music as we know it today. This mixed region of various cultures has helped to forge one of the most popular styles of music in the modern world which we refer to as Latin music.

It is clear to see that there was no one single event that created the style of music that we refer to as Latin music. This type of music has been influenced by many outside factors and it’s the combination of these factors which created this musical style which encompasses many different types of music and musical expression.

Music Therapy

There are more than a thousand reasons to listen to music, to be in the know, cop the latest slangs, lift your spirits, try to communicate your feelings and emotions or just block the noise of the world.

While for millions of people, they see music as art some others see it as more than art but a tool for treatment;therapy.

David the Jewish king was said to have been a psalmist who used his songs and harp to treat the health malady of his predecessor King Saul who felt depressed and attacked by ‘mental demons’

Did King David administer Music therapy?

So what is Music therapy and how is music therapy quite important as the years go by.

Music therapy is defined as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a certified professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

You could be forgiven if you had the notion that music therapy is a new branch of therapy.  Apart from the story of theJewish King,David his harp and King Saul ,there is an established history of the use of music as a healing tool.  Apollo in the Greek mythology is the god of music and medicine. Aesclepius was also said to have cured infirmities of the mind using music.

Hippocrates who is the acclaimed father of medicine played music for his patients.

Music is said to help clear the mind and help in combat ailments of the mind.

But does it have a farther reach?

Modern Music therapy started after the end of World War I and II. Especially in England where musicians played music to soothe soldiers with emotional and physical trauma.

The mechanism of action of music therapy is quite wide and far reaching.

Music therapist aim to treat the ailment by their health in several domains, like cognitive functioning, emotional development, motor skills,  sensory, communication, quality of life and social skills by using both active and receptive music experiences such as improvisation, re-creation, composition, and listening and discussion of music to achieve the expected goals.

Music therapy does not only have an effect on the mind or help treat ailing mental states.

It also has a way of improving physical and cognitive health.

Music therapy has been shown to be advantageous In improving the health of the heart, stroke, dementia and aphasia but not limited to these.

A recent review has shown that music therapy reduces the severity of signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Music therapy is also useful in the treatment of premature babies. There are five techniques of music therapy that help in the intervention for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

  • Live or Recorded music which help in regulating respiratory regularity and oxygen saturations
  • Promotion of healthy sucking reflex
  • Multimodal stimulation and music:
  • Infant stimulation
  • Parent-infant bonding

Music therapy is more orthodox than we think and has come a long way from the time of David and Saul.

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

WHAT IS MUSIC ?

What is music seems a rhetorical question or at best a question with many parts and many answers. But this question is asked because it needs answers maybe at the end of this, I might get some answers or maybe o would get ‘the Answer’ if it exists.

Music has always been since the beginning of the World.  If you believe in creation by the Jewish /Christian narrative, you would believe music came even before the world. And is the Big Bang itself not music?

So why do we try to define what music is, if it is older than us all.

Just maybe because music Is personal , you might be in a crowd thumping to music blaring from Sound Speakers or from the guitar of a hyped up band member and still personalise your experience of the song

Music is everywhere and everything.  It is said that Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. The key word here is emotions, because while music is an expression of music it also elicits emotions.  No matter what the emotion is,  could be revolution, could be introspective, could be romantic, could be depressing, could be inspirational could elicit emotions of adoration but what is key is that music expresses music and then elicits music..

Yet no matter the expression of music, it still holds a personal meaning to different people. Some forms of music or a song could elicit a different feeling for different people,  a good example is the fact that the song by Passenger about letting go could be seen as admonishing one or reassuring him of his decision to break it off with a partner, yet the same song could allow someone mourn the loss of a loved one or an unavoidable break up and could just be a sad song for one who isn’t in a relationship but feels the need not to hold on for too long once he is in one.

The song portrays the same message but elicits different yet strong emotions in 3 different people.

That is the power of music.

But music isn’t all about messages, dance hall songs and feel good songs elicit emotions even if not deep seated ones. They make you move your legs, they make the world less serious and make you giddy with laughter while it is on .

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YBut music isn’t all about singing ,tapping ,playing musical instruments and clapping are music as long as there is a rhythm.

Music is a link to the future and the vehicle to the past.  Music is memory, the good and bad.  Music is root.

Music would always revolve, different stories would be told by Musicians as the year goes by, different emotions would be expressed and elicited but music would always be music.

Just because music is a thing of the heart.

Music is enjoyed by making it, listening to it or by creating it by composing it.

No matter where you are or what you are facing there is a special song, rendition , tune created just to pull you through the dark nights or make you enjoy the bright sun.

Just listen to it.