One morning I woke up to the strains of “Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel…one of my all time favourites. It brought a smile to my face, a spring in my step as I hopped out of bed, a lightness in my heart & gratitude for hearing such melody at the break of dawn.This music was coupled with the chirping of the birds (one doesn’t hear too many of them in the city) and thankfully no sound of any traffic.
It reminded me of a poem I had read a long time ago in school, by Lord Byron…
There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very essence of us!!! When you take away words from a conversation what remains is silence & music to fill that silence. I have always felt that movies capture this beautifully. The background scores in movies add to the drama of life. How many of us have wished for those background scores in our own lives, in different situations. Life would be infinitely more bearable I guess.
It is said that to live and experience life completely we must use all our five senses. Sure, we must…the eyes are the windows of the soul, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. The sweet scent of flowers, aromas of food or the familiar perfume of the person you love can all cause attractions & desires of different kinds. The touch of a hand or an all encompassing hug can create feelings of warmth & affection. Yet I feel hearing is the doorway to understanding emotions.
All our fives senses have the power to change our emotional state. But if you were to ask me which is the single sense that has the power to change the way you feel more deeply, more completely and more quickly that the rest, I would say it is the sense of hearing. Hearing allows you the luxury of understanding and accepting another person’s emotions…the soft caress of his/her voice, the loving tone, the teasing lilt all evoke emotions instantly in us. However, the most powerful thing of all is…music.
Music has the singular ability to move people in this universe like nothing else has. It can change anyone’s emotional state in a matter of seconds or minutes. Music alters the meaning of our experiences radically. Certain songs bring back very strong memories for all of us. My personal favourites are Islands In The Stream ( Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton),Take My Breath Away (Berlin), Temple Of The King (Ritchie Blackmore), Something Stupid (Frank Sinatra) and a whole list of old Hindi songs. Each one of these has a memory associated with it…and happy ones! They all bring a smile to my face and elevate my mood straight away.
Plato says music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Music is the real mediator between my spiritual & sensual life. Music is to the soul what water is to the body…my recommendation take a music bath everyday. Your soul is refreshed & re energised…at least mine is! And like Auerbach said, music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Listening to Bette Middler sing You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings at the Oscars I was transported to another world all together. It reminded me of a song by ABBA that is a complete tribute to song & dance…
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me.
Go on…create that playlist, make your own music, revel in it, celebrate it…for music is the easiest way to set your soul free!