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 .
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.