I love music.
From the motions of making love, to the contractions of childbirth, life is rhythmic. From the drums of African slaves, to the drum line marching in the civil war, music moves us. It leads us though living, and accompanies us in death. Music is life. Even the heartbeat has a beat. The rhythm of music reflects and affects our mood. It can make a grown man cry and a little girl dance. I recently saw a YouTube video of an infant who finds happiness in the joy of a song. This little baby’s only solution to stop crying is to listen to the classic sounds of The Notorious B.I.G. She may not be able to walk or talk, but she dances to the music.
Arranged compositions speak to us. If someone is angry, turn on their favorite song and he/she will begin to smile, move and sing along. It is an uncontrollable agreement that our bodies can’t help but to respond to when melodious sounds connect. Music is healing. Physical therapists utilize familiar songs as a tool to aid brain injury patients with relearning and recalling memory. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recovering from a shooting, is proof of this.
Music is universal. American artists go platinum in Europe and African artists go platinum in America. When Michael Jackson toured Asia, the majority of faces in the crowd didn’t understand English, but they understood music. They cried, danced and sang along. It’s the most recognized common bond human beings share.
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Advertisers understand the psychological effects of music. Just about every commercial has a tune associated with it. From hip-hop, to country, rock & roll, and beyond, music is even woven into the fabric of marketing. Businessman and long-time friend of Jay-Z, Steve Stoute, explores this concept in his new book The Tanning of America. Music is just that powerful.
For years, Soul Train has provided a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talent, and has granted the world access to the best musicians and performers of generations. Soul Train recently celebrated music with the 40th anniversary taping of the annual Soul Train Awards show. Tune in to either BET or Centric at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, November 27 and together let’s reflect on all music has done for us. Thank you, Soul Train.
“Music is the soul of the man / Music makes a happy day / And music makes the clouds go by baby / Your music keeps my tears inside my eyes / (Just like music) / Your music makes me want to sing / Girl, music is a joy to bring / (Just like music) / Music is my heart and soul / More precious than gold / Happiness today is just a song away / I love your music baby. –Marvin Gaye, “I’ve Got My Music.”
I love music.
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