Throughout history, music has been used when celebrating the triumphs and tragedies of life. As Plato said, “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination”. Music penetrates almost every part of our lives – our relaxation, our entertainment, our rituals, our education, and our worship. It is part of almost every important collective and personal moment. Music shapes and reflects society. Dancers follow the rhythm, protesters use it to express their message, parents use it to sing lullabies to their babies. It can promote ideals – like peace and solidarity. Through music, all people can come together to make the world a more harmonious place. In a world of diversity values often clash. Music leaps across barriers, helping to unite people of different beliefs, ages and cultural backgrounds.
Often people gather worldwide with a concert to benefit victims of a catastrophe or a charitable cause. Even if the language isn’t understood, people share emotions, feelings, memories, joy or sadness. As the music reverberates through our bodies, the shared feelings allow us to know that we are not alone but are connected.
The popular song “Let There Be Peace On Earth” has been translated into many languages. Those who are familiar with the song know there is hope for peace as soon as they hear the melody. People everywhere can communicate through their music, which acts as a messenger that carries history and experience across time and space. We understand the message and get to know others, whether we can speak their language or not. When the music is powerful and beautiful, the language doesn’t matter. Music without lyrics, like classical music, is also capable of evoking emotions and reactions.
The well-known phrase, “Music is the universal language,” may not be completely accurate. Music lets us connect without language. The entire world understands and is united by music, whether the music has words or not. You can take one person from every country in the world and put them all in one room. Most of them will probably never socialize or attempt to speak to one another. On the other hand, by playing a certain song or music, you can bring most of them together. They may connect via dancing, clapping, smiling or simply enjoying the tunes being played.
Rhythm and pitch can be expressed in mathematical terms, and with practice musicians learn how to produce a certain sound. We can see how music is notated on paper, but we can’t see the invisible vibrations. Music is also mysterious. No scientist or musician can explain the power that music has over our emotions.
In the Big Bang Theory TV show Penny and Sheldon comfort each other by singing “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty.” Those two have very different personalities, lifestyles and ideas, yet they come together in difficult times through this childlike song. Hey, if Penny and Sheldon can do this, we can, too!