That beauty called music

ALDOUS HUXLEY said after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Scientists say birds, like humans, can learn music while they are still in the egg stage. And termites will apparently eat wood two times faster when listening to heavy metal.
Ulysses. Grant, the Civil War general and President of the US, said he only knew two tunes.
“One of them is Yankee Doodle, and the other isn’t,’’ he said.
That’s sad. Music is as necessary for humankind as it is for birds. It affirms life. It reveals to us beauties we find nowhere else.
Clearly, some forms of music are universally better for us than others.
In controlled laboratory conditions, heavy metal sounds have stunted or killed plants whereas other music has enhanced plant growth. Plants exposed to jazz or classical music, particularly Bach and Beethoven, have been observed to lean toward the speakers.
Music directly elicits a range of emotions. Music with a quick tempo in a major key, tend to bring about all the physical changes associated with happiness in listeners. In contrast, music with a slow tempo and minor key can inspire sadness.
Patricia Gray, head of the Biomusic program at the National Academy of the Sciences proposes that music came into this world long before the human race ever did.
“If music making is as ancient as some believe, this could explain why we find so much meaning and emotion in music, even though we cannot say why it makes us feel the way it does,” she said.
“This seems to signal that the roots of music lie closer to our ancient lizard brain than to our more recent reasoning cortex, and that music has a more ancient origin than language.”
But for what purpose?
Beethoven, perhaps the greatest composer of them all, said: Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.”
He said good music was a higher revelation than all wisdom or philosophy.
“The vibrations on the air are the breath of God speaking to man’s soul,” he said.”God whispers into the ears of some men, but he shouts into mine!”


2 thoughts on “That beauty called music

  1. .”God whispers into the ears of some men, but he shouts into mine!”
    Just as well Beethoven wasn’t a chinaman then, isn’t it?
    Y’had me until the end; hasn’t it occurred to anyone that the ‘music’ of which you speak transcends the god more recently invented,
    …or even living flesh, given the plant response?


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