by Katherine 'KOOL KAT' Farnham
If you know anything at all about music, even from an occasional “I listen to Pandora” perspective then you know that music has several inherent elements. These range from rhythm to melody and harmony and more. The way the basic elements are constructed within a piece of music affects how it comes across to the listener.
Perhaps even more importantly however, the elements of music are already present in nature. Many great philosophers and artists believed that it was music - rather than any religious system - that was the highest expression of the Divine within humanity. Whether or not that is true, what is certain is that most people in the world enjoy music. Not only is it enjoyable, it can have many health benefits. Music can be a useful life tool and serve as a powerful educational model. Think of music as a metaphor for life. Each person has their own unique rhythm. Each person has groups they experience a harmonious flow with. You get the idea.
In harmony we have two or more notes that sound pleasing together. This is very similar to the principle of peace. In an age where religious and political divisions are becoming more and more apparent it can be helpful to focus for a moment on a system that most people enjoy. Because the language of music is written down the same way in most countries around the world, it is clear that we as human beings do already possess a universal philosophical system. The language of music serves as a great unifier. By learning about it, we can learn about the principles that connect us as human beings, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race or religious affiliation.
Now that’s something to groove about!
Soon this site will be offering a “Music as Life Tool” Online Workshop where you can learn more and apply these ideas to your life for positive growth. You’ll be able to expand your own life and contribute more positively to your community. You can participate whether you are an amateur or professional. Choose Voice, Percussion or Instrumental, gear up your Skype connection and hop onboard. Suggested donation(s) covers website hosting and printing costs. See you there!
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