“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”(Leopold Stokowski) Music is apart of my everyday life, and has been since the long road trips taken with my family, when my mother would blare Chicago and Hall & Oats. She would sing along and I could see how happy these songs would make her. This show of happiness, product of beats and melody, has led me to believe that music, unlike anything, has the ability to alter the moods of people.
I have loved music from the day I picked up a violin until today when I always sing my loudest in the car or at home. When I play an instrument or I sing, I feel the music on an emotional level, the music has the ability to alter my emotions from happy to sympathetic or cheery. These feelings are ones that cannot be explained, and I imagine vary from person to person, most however, still hold them near and dear to their hearts. Even on a bad day music can always cheer me up, music helps me to relax and fall into rhythm with a song, without realizing it I will find myself humming and tapping my foot along with any music.
I do not discriminate against any genre of music. My likes range from jazz to techno, from classical to R&B. The reason being that each piece of music portrays a certain feeling that human emotions can identify and I find that concept fascinating. For example, one can sense emotion in a slow songs, in song in lower notes create a sad song. For me when listening to sad songs, sad memories or struggles come to mind. Thus proving music’s power to alter the emotions in people.
During my Sophomore year, while in Choir class, my teacher read the class a story that had been passed to her. The story was about a composer who visited an assisted living home for the elderly. The composer wrote a song inspired by a war, while performing this piece a man in the audience became hysterical and was escorted from the performance. After the show the man asked to see the composer, he asked what the song was about and the composer responded saying it was a song inspired by a war. The man than began to cry and said he had been a soldier who fought in that war. The elderly man had no idea that this song had anything to do with the war, and still it brought back the feelings of a previous time, feelings enough to bring and elderly man to tears. Music is a very powerful thing and if used to it’s full potential can affect many people in ways they may not understand, like the distraught elderly man.
Music has an unbelievable power. No one knows for sure how music does it but people’s emotions can be altered by the beats and melodies in music.