The Power of Music

Music is mind-altering, legal and free or low-cost, and has no negative side effects. Music can help in healing, change your mood, help you get to sleep, increase your brain power and make you forget your troubles.  I can think of at least 7 wonders of music.

  1. Music is invisible.
    Music is sound waves or vibrations traveling through the air. You can’t see the sound waves unless you intentionally measure the speed of the sound waves with a mechanical tuner and calculate that speed in numbers, or hertz. Everything in existence, including music, is in a state of continuous vibration. We have the power to manipulate and control energy through the vibrations of music.
  2. Printed music is a universal language.

    Musicians worldwide use the same music when learning a piece or song. It doesn’t matter whether the musician lives in Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, India, China – or anywhere else – music doesn’t need to be translated.
  3. Music is healing.

Healing music isn’t just a new age fad. Pythagoras, who lived about 580 to 500 B.C.E., was known to seriously use music for healing. He was a Greek philosopher and mathematician, and also played the lyre (now known as the harp). He called his method “musical medicine.” Music is now used to control pain, ease depression and anxiety, aid in stroke recovery, prevent seizures, control blood pressure, help insomnia, and much more.

  1. Music can change your mood in a few seconds.

Music can almost “possess” you and change your mood in a few seconds. An old song can bring back happy or sad emotions, as if time stood still.  Music can be inspirational, relaxing, or invigorating. Music has the power to overwhelm our senses, sending a message to the nervous system and brain.

  1. Music can increase intelligence.

It seems incredible that something as enjoyable as music could increase your ability to learn, improve your memory and make your brain work better – but it’s true. Making music activates links to several parts of the brain because it’s a multisensory experience.

  1. Music helps you relax.

Think of stress as dis-harmony or dissonance. Music is about dissonance then harmony, resolving chords and melodies. The harmony and beauty in music, whether listening or performing, affects your entire body and mind as you become in sync with the music.

  1. Music brings up memories.

Music links our memories to songs we’ve heard before. You may be brought to tears by a song that was playing at a funeral. You may remember a friend or former lover when you hear a song that you heard together. For adults, listening to songs from our teenage years reminds us of carefree younger times.

“How powerful is your magic sound.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Magic Flute, 1791.