Tue, 30 May, 2023

The Power of Music

By Ashmita Thapa

Photo Courtesy: http://wergii.deviantart.com/ “One good thing about music when it hits you, you feel no pain.” -Bob Marley Music is not just an art form. Music has that capability to ooze all emotions and feelings when words are not sufficient. “When words fail music speaks”, says Hans Christian Andersen. Music is something that is preferred by almost every one, be it children, teens, adults or be it elders... music is loved by everyone all around the globe. Music has the power to lift our spirits, decrease stress level and can even boost our confidence. Music is also a key to good health.

It’s the weekend and at some point I relax to my favorite music, watch a movie or spend time with couple of friends. There’s no doubt that listening to my favorite music can instantly enlighten my face and my mood turns up. Music even has that mystical power to heal the broken hearts as music is the strongest form of magic. People listen to music when they are sad, happy, satisfied, terrified, and angry or even while working. But the forms of it might differ.

One of the amazing facts about music is our heartbeat changes and mimics the music that we listen to. Music is very influential as it can alter the heartbeats, pulse rate, blood pressure, decrease muscle tension, and even affect the body movement and even the co-ordination. And the type of music one listens to affect the way of perceiving the world. The other fact is that even a flower grows faster listening to music.

It is also found that the children who study a musical instruments are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced and critical thinking skills, have large vocabularies. Music is also very helpful to treat the patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Music can even have the reverse effect. Harsh music has the reversed impact; it might even make us annoying. For example; in the movie “The Experiment” the guy playing the character of the Guard could not feel anything when he listened to his favorite music and therefore, he could treat the prisoners as harshly as he could. This movie has also portrayed the impact of music on our mind. In 1989, the U.S. military blared AC/DC music at General Noriega’s compound in Panama for 2 continuous days. And guess what, the dictator surrendered.

Good music may not necessarily make you successful, genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it can definitely help train us to think differently, to process new and different points of view and lastly but most importantly, music helps to take pleasure in listening. “If music be the food of love, play on.” -William Shakespeare.